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Mumbai gunman's appeal goes to president

Swati Deb, New Delhi

October 24, 2012

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Indian officials yesterday submitted a clemency plea to President Pranab Mukherjee on behalf of Mohammed Kasab, the only gunman to survive the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks. This marks the final stage of an appeal against his death sentence. The Supreme Court has rejected Kasab's appeal, as has the high court in Mumbai. “It is most likely that the president will go with the recommendations of the government, though the constitution gives him the power to take an independent view,” said Ujjwal Nikam, a prosecutor in the original case. Kasab appealed against what he said was an unfair trial after he was found guilty of waging war against India, murder and terrorism during a near three-day siege that killed 166 people in Mumbai in November 2008.
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