UK victim doesn`t favour death penalty for Kasab
A British politician, who narrowly escaped death during the Mumbai attacks, has supported the guilty verdict against Ajmal Kasab but is not in favour of capital punishment.
London: A British politician, who narrowly escaped death during the Mumbai attacks, has supported the guilty verdict against Ajmal Kasab but is not in favour of capital punishment, which has been handed down to the Pakistani terrorist by an Indian court.
Sajjad Karim, who is a Member of European Parliament (MEP), said he was still haunted by the events of November 2008, when he was among a few who managed to escape a hail of bullets in the Taj hotel in Mumbai.
Karim said: "I believe he (Kasab) had a fair and transparent trial and I support the guilty verdict. But I am not a supporter of capital punishment."
"I was standing in the hotel with one of the gunmen in
front of me. He must have only been in his early twenties, yet
as people were laying dead around him, he just kept on
Karim, 39, had checked into the hotel just hours before
the terrorists opened fire at a number of locations popular
with tourists in Mumbai. He was part of a seven-strong Euro
trade delegation visiting Mumbai for talks.
Yet as he strolled through the lobby of hotel, two gunmen
burst in and opened fire, shooting indiscriminately.
Karim ran to one side of the lobby, but was met by
another killer who he remembers having a `smirk` on his face
before unleashing a hail of bullets.
He managed to escape by barricading himself in the
hotel`s kitchen along with six other guests.
After a tense six-hour wait they were rescued by the
Indian security services.
Kasab was sentenced to death on May 6 for the Mumbai
terror attacks by a special court, which held that keeping him
alive will be a "lingering danger" to society from a person
who has no chance of reform.