26/11 trial will go on despite Kasab’s confession

26/11 trial will go on despite Kasab’s confession
PTI
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First Published: Tue, Jul 21 2009. 01 55 PM IST
Updated: Tue, Jul 21 2009. 01 55 PM IST
Mumbai: The 26/11 terror attack trial may not conclude soon despite the confession by prime accused Mohammed Ajmal Kasab in the court as he has only “partially” admitted to his guilt, special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said here today.
Also, there are many other important aspects of evidence which prosecution has to adduce to expose terrorist infrastructure of perpetrators of the crime, he said, adding they will not let Kasab succeed in his “motive” of escaping with lesser punishment.
“What Kasab has told the court is not the entire story. He has partially admitted his guilt,” Nikam said.
Although Kasab has given a confession, it is the discretion of the prosecution to marshall further evidence, he said.
“Kasab has not fully disclosed his involvement. He has played with the sentiments of the common man by minimising his role in the crime and throwing responsibility on slain terrorists for the mayhem on November 26 last year,” the prosecutor said.
Kasab had earlier admitted his guilt before a magistrate but later denied his role in the November 26 terror attacks. Now he has confessed in the trial court about his participation in the terror strikes but has deviated from his earlier confession.
“He is like a joker in a circus and should not be taken seriously,” Nikam, who has handled several high profile cases including that of the 1993 Mumbai blasts in his career spanning three decades, said.
Kasab, Nikam claimed, has not disclosed in his confession to the court yesterday that he had killed police constable Tukaram Omble although he had said this earlier before a Magistrate.
On the other hand, he confessed that terrorist Abu Ismael had led the terror attacks in Chhatrapati Shivaji railway terminus and Cama hospital killing many people, thereby shifting the blame on him, Nikam said.
Kasab has said that the trial should be wound up and he should be punished. “This clearly indicates that he wants lesser punishment but prosecution will jeopardise his motives,” Nikam said.
“Unfortunately, some politicians, while reacting to Kasab’s confession, have been swayed by admission of his guilt but they must be careful to see through his designs,” the prosecutor said.
All those things which Kasab has omitted in the confession made to the court yesterday would have to be proved by the prosecution. “Kasab would be confronted with these contradictions and if he does not admit then prosecution would lead evidence to prove them in the court,” Nikam said.
The November 26 trial is not only against Kasab but also against Faheem Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed who allegedly gave maps of target spots to the perpetrators of the crime, the lawyer said.
The trial is also against the 27 absconding accused believed to be in Pakistan who had planned and executed the November 26 terror attacks in Mumbai. Hence, Kasab’s confession at this stage would not put an end to the trial, Nikam asserted.
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First Published: Tue, Jul 21 2009. 01 55 PM IST