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Hang me: Kasab
Tribune News Service

Mumbai, July 22
Mohammad Ajmal Amir alias Kasab, the lone surviving terrorist involved in the 26/11 terrorist attack case, today told the special court trying him that he was willing to be hanged if the judge thought that he was confessing merely to play down his own role in the attack as alleged by the prosecution.

“If anyone feels that I am doing this to escape the death penalty, then without doubt please hang me,” Kasab told the court.

The trial resumed today after proceedings were adjourned on Tuesday as the prosecution sought time to consider Kasab’s confession. Special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam told the court that Kasab was not revealing all and was minimising his own role and trying to save his handlers in Pakistan.

On the other hand, Kasab’s lawyer Abbas Kazmi stated that his client was being subjected to mental torture in jail by a guard. This was denied by Kasab who said he may be punished for what he had done. “I don’t want to be punished by God...please punish me by hanging,” Kasab said.

Meanwhile, the special court will give tomorrow its ruling whether it would accept lone surviving gunman Kasab’s statement admitting his guilt.

Special Judge ML Tahilyani today said the court would give its ruling on the statement tomorrow.

Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam argued that the court may accept Kasab’s confession but should allow the prosecution to submit further evidence in the case, as Kasab has not made a full disclosure about his role in the terror attacks.

“The prosecution has to establish before the court why Mumbai was targeted why foreigners were attacked and has to also expose the infrastructure and operations of LeT.” He said if granted permission by the court, the prosecution would complete the trial by August-end.

Nikam also told the court that a team of experts from abroad is yet to be examined in the case.

“If the Pakistan government is serious about combating terrorism then it can use this evidence in a court there as there is a provision for the same in Pakistan's CrPC,” Nikam said.

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