Kasab wants to be tried by international court
Mumbai, Jan 26: After making quite bizarre claims in his hearing Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone surviving militant in the Mumbai terror attacks, has now demanded to be tried by an international court, which was promptly rejected by the special court.
Kasab to the court that he should be tried by the international court, which was rejected by Judge M L Tahaliyani.
Stating that it was too early to make such plea, as the case was at the premature state, Judge Tahaliyani said that he could make the appeal only after the judgement has been pronounced.
Kasab has continuously backtracked his statements before the court, which includes his confession to his involvement to 26/11 terror attacks and then retracting it, by saying that he was in police custody a day before the attack.
The latest one is his request to the court that he would like examine the defence witnesses, but again refusing to name the witnesses.
"I will consult Pakistani authorities on examining defence witnesses if they come here," Kasab said.
However, when he was asked who the witnesses were, he gave a vague answer, saying that they could be passport officers or government staff.
Judge allowed Kasab to examine the defence witnesses till Jan 27, after hearing both prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam and Kasab's lawyer K P Pawar, stating that since it was not a case of acquittal, he can be allowed to do so.
In turn Kasab refused to be examined as witness under oath, adding the Pakistan's Geo TV channel, which had aired the footage of his village was allegedly under the "thumb" RAW, Indian's intelligence agency, and Israel.