Lone Surviving Mumbai Gunman Reverses His Plea to Guilty

July 20, 2009

(ChattahBox) — The lone surviving of the ten gunman from last year’s attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai, made a surprise guilty plea on Monday, admitting his role in the three-day rampage that killed 166 including many foreigners, and escalating tensions between neighboring nuclear powers India and Pakistan.

Mohammad Ajmal Amir Qasab 21,of Faridkot, Pakistan, Qasab, faces 86 charges, including waging war on India, murder and possessing explosives, for his role in the November 26-28 assault. In May, he pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Closed-circuit video footage captured during the coordinated attacks on targets of India’s financial and entertainment capital showed Kasab carrying an AK-47 assault rifle in Mumbai’s main train station.

According to reports, Mr Qasab stood up during his trial in court and addressed the judge.

“Sir, I plead guilty to my crime,” he said.

Reports say he gave details of his journey from Pakistan, the attacks at a historic railway station in Mumbai and the city’s Cama hospital.

India accused Pakistan-based fighters from the banned militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, which was banned in Pakistan in 2002 after an attack on India’s parliament, of carrying out the attacks.

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