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Kasab death penalty gets wide coverage in US media

Last Updated: Thursday, May 6, 2010 - 21:03

Washington: The death sentence to Ajmal
Amir Kasab, the lone surviving Pakistani gunman of the 2008
Mumbai terrorist attack, received wide coverage Thursday in the
US media, which for the past few days has been focused on the
Times Square bomb case involving a Pakistani American.

The news that 22-year-old Kasab has been given death
sentence was immediately running on the tickers of various
news channels.

"Indian court sentences to death Pakistani gunman
convicted in 2008 Mumbai attacks," said the Fox News.

The terrorist attacks on November 26, 2008 by members
of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) had killed 166 people.

"Mumbai gunman sentenced to death," reported CNN.

"On receiving the sentence, Kasab lowered his head. He
was silent when the judge asked him if he wanted to say
anything," the CNN said.

The Washington Post said, in its report from New
Delhi, said television channels across India "ran heated
debates about whether Kasab should be executed -- a rare
penalty in India".

"In bazaars across New Delhi, people gathered around
community television sets watching the news at beauty salons,
grocery stores and TV showrooms. At one pharmacy shop, a small
group of men clapped when the verdict was announced," it said.

The New York Times reported that Kasab is unlikely to
be put to death quickly.

"Mr. Kasab is unlikely to be put to death quickly. His
punishment has to be ratified by the Mumbai High Court and he
may appeal further, to the Supreme Court, and seek mercy from
the president of the country," The Times reported on its
website, so did almost all major newspapers, as the news
appeared after the newspapers went to print.

The daily provided a details of the event in the court
room.

"For most of the nearly two-hour hearing on Thursday,
Mr. Kasab did not look at the judge or anybody else in the
courtroom. He did not address the court, though he appeared to
ask his guards to let him out of the room.

"At one point the guards took him out to have a glass
of water while the judge was reading his order but brought him
back within a couple of minutes," The Times said.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, May 6, 2010 - 21:03

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