Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

Gunman appeals against execution

Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the accused gunman, is appealing against his death sentence (AP)
Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the accused gunman, is appealing against his death sentence (AP)

The only surviving gunman from the 2008 attack on India's financial centre of Mumbai is appealing against his death sentence, his lawyer has said.

Mohammed Ajmal Kasab was given multiple death sentences by a court, which convicted him of charges including murder, waging war against India, conspiracy and terrorism in May.

Amin Solkar, Kasab's lawyer, said Mumbai's High Court will start hearing Kasab's appeal on October 18.

If the high court confirms his death sentence, Kasab can still apply for clemency to the Indian government. Such motions often keep convicts on death row for years, even decades.

The attacks left 174 people dead, including nine gunmen.

India blames Pakistan-based militants for the attacks.

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