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Sunday 13 July 2014

Mumbai massacre gunman Kasab death sentence appeal

** EDS NOTE GRAPHIC CONTENT ** Luggage of passengers lie scattered on a blood splattered platform at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008. Police say several people have been wounded in a series of attacks by terrorist gunmen at seven sites in Mumbai, including two luxury hotels. A.N. Roy, a senior police officer, says police were battling the gunmen. (AP Photo)

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



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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