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Facts about the Mumbai attack trial and the accused

May 03, 2010

Kasab was charged with 86 offences, including waging war against the nation, which is punishable with the death penalty.
India had charged 38 people in connection with the Mumbai attack, most of them living in Pakistan.
Two Indian nationals, Fahim Ansari and Sabahuddin Ahmed, accused of being members of Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba and conducting reconnaisance in Mumbai before the attack, are also on trial.
The trial had several twists and turns, including an unexpected confession by Kasab followed by a retraction, the dismissal of two defence attorneys and the shooting dead of an attorney for one of the co-accused.
The badly decomposed bodies of the other nine suspected gunmen were buried in an undisclosed location in Mumbai in January by the police after Muslim clerics refused to let them be buried on their grounds.
Seven members of the LeT are on trial in Pakistan for their role in the attacks and Islamabad has sought the extradition of Kasab and Ansari.
India has been pressing Pakistan to prosecute LeT founder Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, but Islamabad says New Delhi has not provided enough evidence against him.
India is also seeking access to a Chicago man, David Headley, who pleaded guilty to helping plan the Mumbai attack. New Delhi wants to interrogate him and try him in an Indian court. The United States has said it will allow Indian investigators to question him, but not extradite him.

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