Mumbai gunman says he's ready for gallows

July 23, 2009 04:40


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The young Pakistani gunman who confessed to his role in the Mumbai attacks says he would rather be hanged in this world than face "God's punishment" in the next. The Indian court trying Ajmal Kasab has yet to accept his confession and guilty plea for taking part in one of the worst terrorist attacks in Indian history - three days of carnage in November that left 166 people dead, including 6 Jews and Israelis. Judge M.L. Tahiliyani said he would decide Thursday whether to accept the confession, which describes in detail Kasab's links with a shadowy but well-organized group in Pakistan. "Whatever I have done, I have done in this world. It would be better to be punished in this world. It would be better than God's punishment. That's why I have pleaded guilty," Kasab told the court Wednesday.

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