Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Capital Punishment to Lashkar-e-Taiba operative Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab Confirmed by Bombay H.C. - News

The Bombay high court on Monday confirmed capital punishment awarded to Lashkar-e-Taiba operative Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab for his involvement in the horrendous 26/11 carnage in Mumbai that aimed at overawing the Government of India and weaken its economic might. “The brutality, perversity and cruelty exhibited by Kasab in committing multiple murders of innocent men, women, children, aged persons and policemen … makes this case a gravest case of extreme culpability,” observed the high court while confirming death sentence for the 24-year-old Pakistani national. “He indulged in mindless killings of innocent people with a view to overawing Government of India, and achieve cessation of Indian territory (Kashmir),” the bench observed further. “He took devious pleasure in killing people.” The court noted that in some cases harsh penalty of death is necessary to warn those who may want to take a similar path, and a wrong signal will be sent that the courts are ineffective in dealing with crimes as serious as this, if the strong arm of law failed to deal with Kasab firmly. “Soft handling of a crime like this will erode the public confidence in the efficacy of law,” the bench said while issuing a warning: “We want those who are desirous of emulating him to know that courts do not take a kindly view of such people.” The judges also noted that the LeT operative never showed any remorse or repentance for what he had done, and instead loudly proclaimed that he wanted to be a role model for others.
- Hindustan Times

The strongest aggravating circumstance which nailed Pakistani terrorist Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab was the manner in which he waged war against the Government of India, the Bombay High Court noted Monday in its 1,215-page judgment while upholding the death sentence on the Pakistani terrorist. The conspiracy was hatched in Pakistan with the objective of destablising the Indian government and weaken India’s economic might. ‘He (Kasab) indulged in mindless killings of innocent people with a view to overawing Government of India and achieve cessation of a part of Indian territory. There was an attempt to create ill-will and disaffection between different religions of India so as to damage its secular fabric. Waging war is a serious crime which calls for deterrent punishment,’ a division bench of Justice Ranjana Desai and Justice R.V. More said. Stating that it was difficult to agree with the defence argument that he was mentally disturbed or not sane, the judges said: ‘In our short interaction with A1-Kasab on Video Conferencing, we observed his demeanour. He did not appear to be repentant at all. He was perfectly sane. He was in proper frame of mind. All his actions, the manner in which he committed the crime, his cleverly trying to change his stand in the court and other attendant circumstances portray a scheming mind and not a mind of a mentally unstable person.’ Rejecting outright the defence argument that Kasab was a Fidayeen who had come here to die and his death would make him a martyr, the judges said that on their GPS systems, Kasab and his accomplices had saved the routes from Mumbai to Karachi.

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