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Mumbai gunman appeals against death penalty

RIA Novosti

00:45 29/09/2010 NEW DELHI, September 29 (RIA Novosti) - Ajmal Amir Kasab, the only gunman captured alive during the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack in India, has challenged his death penalty in the Bombay High Court, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

"We filed an appeal today," Kasab's lawyer, Amin Solkar, said on Tuesday.

Kasab, 23, was sentenced to death in May after being declared guilty of mass murder, waging war against the Indian state, criminal conspiracy and committing terrorist activities.

A total of 166 people were killed when a group of ten gunmen including Kasab attacked Mumbai in 2008. The other nine terrorists were shot dead by police.

Kasab's lawyers previously asked the court to give the defendant a life sentence.

If the Bombay High Court approves the death penalty, the 23-year-old has the right to appeal against it in the Indian Supreme Court. He also has the right to apply for a Presidential pardon.

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