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Sole surviving Mumbai terrorist pleads guilty

RIA Novosti

15:3820/07/2009 MOSCOW, July 20 (RIA Novosti) - The sole gunman captured alive during last November's terrorist attacks in Mumbai has reversed his retraction of his confession and pleaded guilty, an Indian news agency reported on Monday.

"Kasab has admitted to all the charges against him. It is a great victory for all of us," Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam told Times Now.

On Friday, 21-year-old Mohammed Ajmal Kasab asked his lawyer to retract his confession, saying it was forced by police. Nikam denied the claim.

Kasab is being tried for involvement in an attack carried out by 10 terrorists, in which at least 166 people were killed over three days.

Police say Kasab and his partners shot dead 58 people during an assault on Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the city's main train station. A total of 12 charges have been filed against him, including murder and waging war against India.

"Sir, mujhe mera gunah kabul hai (I plead guilty to my crime)," Kasab was quoted as telling the court by The Times of India on Monday.

Kasab, who was dubbed "the baby-faced killer," faces death by hanging if found guilty.

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