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Mumbai Gunman Sentenced to Death

On May 6, 2010, Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone surviving gunman from the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks, has been sentenced to death for his role in the bloody siege.

Secrets of the Dead: Mumbai Massacre retraces the harrowing hours of the attacks told completely from the perspectives of the survivors. Watch the documentary here to learn more about the original attacks on that fateful day.

The New York Times reports:

A judge ruled that the crimes of Ajmal Kasab, the convicted Pakistani man who was one of 10 attackers, were so reprehensible that “the court has no option except going with the death penalty.”

Mr. Kasab, 22, who looked ill and spent most of the hearing with his head lowered and his right hand covering his face, cried a little but did not say anything after the sentence was read. When asked if he would like to say anything before the sentence was read, Mr. Kasab shook his head and flicked his hand downward.

The terrorists, who arrived in Mumbai by boat on Nov. 26, 2008, spent three days attacking a train station, two hotels, a Jewish center and a popular bar. Mr. Kasab and one accomplice were responsible for about 60 deaths, most of them at the city’s busiest train station, where pictures and video showed him shooting indiscriminately at passengers in a waiting area.

The judge, M. L. Tahaliyani, gave Mr. Kasab death sentences for four crimes and about two dozen lesser sentences ranging from life imprisonment to a month in jail.

Read the full article on the New York Times Web site.



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