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Indian High Court upholds Kasab's death penalty

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Feb 22, IRNA -- The Bombay High Court of India confirmed the death penalty to 26/11 terrorist Ajmal Kasab, lone terrorist arrested during the Mumbai attack, terming the case as rarest of rare and holding there was 'no scope of reform' of the convict.

'There is no scope of reform or rehabilitation of the convicted accused. It is a rarest of rare case and the court cannot be more confident than it is today that death penalty must be given,' a division bench of Justices Ranjana Desai and R V More observed, upholding the death sentence to 24-year-old Kasab.

The court upheld Kasab's conviction on all charges including multiple murders, conspiracy and waging war against the nation.

The confirmation comes nine months after the lone 26/11 terrorist captured alive was ordered to be sent to the gallows by the trial court on the 6th of May, last year.

The court, however, dismissed the Maharashtra government's petition against the acquittal of two Indians Faheem Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed, accused of aiding the commission of the crime.

'We are with the trial court's observation that there is no corroboration of evidence to prove involvement of Faheem Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed in the case,' the judgement said.

'Kasab has never shown any remorse after his arrest and we have observed that even on video conference he has not shown any signs of regret,' Justice Desai said reading out the judgement for the bench.

'Harsh penalty of death is required in some cases, especially this one, and the court would be sending a wrong signal to society if any penalty less than death is given,' the court said.

Recalling the sacrifices made by the men in uniform during the attacks, the court said, 'Several brave policemen were killed in the attacks and we would be failing in our duty if we did not acknowledge their sacrifice.'

Kasab, an LeT operative, has been confined to jail since his arrest on November 26, 2008, when he was caught alive at Girgaum Chowpatty in south Mumbai.

Nine others, who had come with Kasab, from Karachi by sea, were gunned down by security forces at terror sites Hotels Taj Mahal and Oberoi-Trident and Jewish outreach centre Nariman House in South Mumbai, but not before leaving 166 dead and many more injured.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30259364

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