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Krishna hopes Pakistan will take note of Supreme Court's verdict on Kasab

Tehran, Aug 29 (ANI): External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Wednesday hoped that Pakistan would not fail to take note of the Supreme Court's verdict of upholding the death sentence of Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving terrorist involved in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks that claimed 166 lives.
 
"The Supreme Court is the highest court of appeal in India, and when it announces something, it becomes the law of the land, and other things will follow," said Krishna.
 
The apex court, earlier in the day, upheld the death sentence of Kasab in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks in which 166 people were killed.
 
A bench of Justices Aftab Alam and C K Prasad dismissed the plea of 25-year-old Kasab challenging his conviction and death sentence confirmed by the Bombay High Court.
 
The bench also observed that the failure of government to provide him an advocate at the pre-trial stage did not vitiate trial court proceedings against him.
 
It also held that the confessional statement given by Kasab, which he retracted during trial, was very much voluntary except a very small portion.
 
Kasab, who is lodged in Arthur Road Prison in Mumbai, had filed the appeal from jail challenging his conviction and death sentence.
 
The apex court had appointed senior advocate Raju Ramachandran as amicus curiae to argue on behalf of Kasab.
 
Kasab, during the argument in the apex court, had contended that he was not given a free and fair trial and that he was not the part of any larger conspiracy for waging war against India.

By Smita Prakash (ANI)

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