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Fate of 26/11 terrorists to be sealed today
Published on 3 May. 2010 12:18 AM IST
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A full 521 days after the terror mayhem in India’s financial and entertainment capital, the country will be watching anxiously when justice is delivered May 3 to Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone Pakistani terrorist captured after the bloody siege by 10 gunmen whose live TV coverage had much of the world in thrall for three days.
Mumbai Special Judge M.L. Tahilyani will deliver his final verdict in the case that has seen several ups and downs. The 60-hour audacious attack from Nov 26, 2008, by 10 Pakistan-based terrorists, including Kasab, targeted sites like the World Heritage building of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel, Hotel Oberoi-Trident, the Cama Hospital and the Chabad House, a Jewish prayer centre, and the favourite haunt of foreigners, Leopold Café.
The assault and the massacre that followed stunned the world and left 166 people dead and 244 injured. The trial of Kasab - the only among the 10 who survived - which started April 15, 2009, was completed March 31 this year, after nearly seven months of hearing, excluding breaks and vacations.
The prosecution case was led by Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam. During the trial, as many as 653 witnesses were examined by the prosecution and a 675-page written submission was filed.
The witnesses included many survivors of the terror attacks, eyewitnesses, family members of the victims, police officials, several foreign nationals, Indian security officials and officials from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

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