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Mumbai attacks suspect found guilty of murder, waging war

Reuters

An Indian court has convicted the lone surviving gunman from the 2008 Mumbai attacks of murder and waging war against the country. He faces the death penalty for his role in the 60-hour siege, which left 166 people dead.

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Pakistani national Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, 22, was found guilty on the most serious charges over the assault that saw 10 gunmen attack three luxury hotels, a restaurant, a Jewish centre and the main CST train station.

Dressed in a long white shirt from his native state of Punjab, Kasab reportedly stood impassively in the dock in the special prison court as the verdict was announced.

Two Indian nationals, Fahim Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed, accused of providing logistical support to the gunmen by supplying them with handwritten maps of the city, were found not guilty.

The judgment came after the prosecution said there was "overwhelming" evidence against Kasab, including DNA and fingerprints, security camera footage and photographs showing him with an AK-47 assault rifle.

Kasab initially denied the charges, then pleaded guilty, before reverting to his original stance and claiming that he was set up by the police.

The incident has increased long-running tensions between India and Pakistan. Following the verdict, India's home minister said it sent a message to Pakistan not to export terror.

Observers expect the judge to hand down the maximum death sentence when a sentence is announced on Tuesday, but a lengthy, possibly open-ended, appeal through the Indian courts is likely.

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