26/11 terrorist Kasab faces death penalty

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Mumbai, May 3: The judgment day for the lone surviving terrorist of the 26/11 Mumbai Terror Attacks is here as the Special Court in Mumbai is set to pronounce its final verdict on Ajmal Kasab on Monday, May 3.

The verdict comes seventeen months after the Mumbai carnage, in which 166 people were killing and at least 300 were injured.

This is the fastest judgment in a terror case in India's history. The trial began on Apr 15, 2009.

Scheduling the process of delivering the judgement, Additional Sessions Judge M L Tahaliyani told the court on Mar 31, “May 3 will be the day of judgement."

Kasab, who is the only terrorist out of the 10 perpetrators of the 2008 terror attack to be captured alive, is has been slapped with over 80 chargers including murder and waging war against India.

If convicted, he facing the death penalty. If the special court decides to send him to the gallows, High Court will have to review the sentence and the proceedings, after which the penalty will be confirmed.

Arthur Road undertrial prison, where Kasab has been lodged as well as where the Special Court from, has been turned into a fortress ahead of the verdict. Police have taken up several security measures to thwart any untoward incident.

Besides Kasab, the court is expected to pronounce verdict on two Indians - Faheem Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed for their alleged role in the Mumbai attacks.

Ansari and Ahmed have been charged with helping the Lashkar-e-Taiba to execute the 60-hour long terror strike by providing the terrorists with maps of targets.

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