Kasab challenges death penalty in HC

Pak terrorist Kasab filed an appeal in Bombay HC challenging death penalty awarded to him.

Last Updated: Sep 28, 2010, 21:45 PM IST

Mumbai: In a fresh development in the 26/11
terror attack case, Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab today
filed an appeal in Bombay High Court challenging death penalty
awarded to him for killing 166 persons on November 26, 2008.

"We have filed an appeal today," his lawyer Amin Solkar
told PTI.

Kasab has challenged death penalty saying it was a harsh
punishment imposed on him and pleaded that there were lapses
in evidence produced by police in the trial court.

The appeal has challenged identification of Kasab in the
court saying the eye witnesses had easily identified him
because his photograph had appeared prominently in newspapers
and television on the day of attack.

The appeal also challenged trial court`s ruling which
upheld Kasab`s confession as "true and voluntary", Kasab`s
lawyer said.

The appeal would be heard by High court along with the
matter pertaining to confirmation of death sentence awarded to
him.

The court has decided to hear both matters on a day-today
basis from October 18 and allowed Kasab to appear through
video conferencing.

-PTI