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Sentencing Begins in India's Deadliest Terror Attack

18 May 2007

A special court in India has begun sentencing people convicted in the 1993 bombings in Mumbai that killed more than 250 people.

The court in Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay) Friday sentenced five men to three years in prison and a $600 fine each. The men, some of them fishermen, used fishing vessels to illegally smuggle explosives, arms and ammunition.

Another 95 convicts are to be sentenced for their roles in the attack. More sentences are expected in the coming weeks.

The two suspected leaders of the bombing plot, Dawood Ibrahim and Tiger Memon, remain at large.

India's longest-running trial for the country's deadliest terrorist attack began in 1994, and ended last December.

Fourteen years ago, 12 blasts in Mumbai's stock exchange and commercial buildings killed 257 people.

Indian authorities say the bombings were acts of revenge for religious riots that killed hundreds of Muslims and destroyed a 16th century mosque in the city of Ayodhya in 1992.

Indian authorities accuse Pakistan of aiding the bombing conspirators, but Pakistan denies the allegations.

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