India’ Supreme Court Stays Mumbai Attacker’s Death Sentence

Posted October 10th, 2011 at 7:05 am (UTC-5)
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India's Supreme Court has temporarily suspended the death sentence of the lone surviving gunman in the 2008 terrorist attacks on Mumbai, pending an appeal hearing.

The high court on Monday stayed Mohammad Ajmal Kasab's sentence until it hears a petition challenging his conviction.

Kasab was one of 10 young Pakistanis who attacked luxury hotels, a Jewish center and a busy train station in India's financial capital in November of 2008, killing 166 people.

Last year, a Mumbai court found Kasab guilty of a string of offenses, including murder, waging war against India, and terrorism.

His first appeal was rejected by Maharashtra state's high court in February.

During Monday's Supreme Court hearing, Justice Aftab Alam said that Kasab must be given full opportunity to defend himself as provided in India's judicial system.