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Mumbai attacks suspect alleges torture, retracts confession

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AFP
Friday, April 17, 2009

The suspected Pakistani gunman on trial in India for last year’s Mumbai attacks will plead not guilty and has accused police of extracting a confession through torture, his lawyer said Friday.

The development came as the prosecution opened its case against Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, calling the November 2008 carnage in the city a product of “institutionalised terrorism” in Pakistan.

Kasab faces a string of charges, including “waging war” on India, murdering 166 people, attempted murder and kidnapping. He faces the death penalty if convicted.

“On his instruction, a retraction application has been filed, retracting the so-called alleged confession,” defence lawyer Abbas Kazmi told reporters outside court.

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But Kazmi said the accused says the confession, made to a local magistrate while he was in police custody, was “extracted out of coercion and force and it was not a voluntary confession.

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“He has also said he was physically tortured during the custody and his signatures were obtained by force and coercion,” he added.

Asked how Kasab would plead, he added: “He is going to plead not guilty. He wants to go ahead with the trial.”

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This article was posted: Friday, April 17, 2009 at 10:52 am





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