India Court Sentences Five To Death Over Mumbai Blasts

The convicted men were accused of waging war against the nation, conspiracy and murder.
The convicted men were accused of waging war against the nation, conspiracy and murder.

The convicted men were accused of waging war against the nation, conspiracy and murder.

An Indian court sentenced five men to death on Wednesday for a series of bomb blasts that ripped through packed trains in Mumbai in 2006, killing 200 people. Another seven found guilty of involvement in the attacks were sentenced to life imprisonment by the special court. The 12 men were convicted for murder, conspiracy and waging war against the country over the coordinated series of attacks that killed 189 people and wounded more than 800. Defence lawyer Wahab Khan said all 12 would appeal. “We still believe they have been framed and the court has relied on confessions and not on mitigating evidence,” he told reporters outside the court. Seven blasts ripped through the suburban trains during the evening rush hour in July 2006. Prosecutors said the devices were assembled in Mumbai and delibrately placed in first-class coaches to target the city’s wealthy Gujarati community. They said the bombings were intended as as revenge for riots in the western state of Gujarati in 2002 that left some 2,000 people dead, most of them Muslims. Prosecutors accused Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba of being behind the 2006 attacks, although a little known outfit called Lashkar-e-Qahhar claimed responsibility. The men convicted on Wednesday can appeal to Mumbai’s high court and then India’s Supreme Court in New Delhi. If those appeals fail they also have the option of making a mercy plea to India’s president.

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