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The Kasab Confessionaire

On June 20, 2009, Ajmal Kasab, who had earlier pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the 86 charges against him, took a sudden U-turn in the middle of the court proceedings...

The Kasab Confessionaire
AFP (From Outlook 03 December 2012)
The Kasab Confessionaire
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On June 20, 2009, Ajmal Kasab, who had earlier pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the 86 charges against him, took a sudden U-turn in the middle of the court proceedings and began confessing his version of the truth. “I think I am innocent,” he said. “I wanted to confess, but didn’t since Pakistan wasn’t owning me. Now I’ve learned that Pakistan’s agreed to my being a Pakistani and is ready to prosecute the offenders. I’m voluntarily confessing to the charges without any external source.” Toral Varia-Deshpande was in court during Kasab’s impromptu confession. Though this is not the confession recorded before the magistrate and admitted as court evidence, it was on similar lines.

I had seen mujahids in the market yesterday and (told my friend Muzaffar) that they would give us training. He agreed. We tried to search for them. I knew what mujahids looked like—long-haired, bearded. We were told the mujahideen office was in the sixth gali in Raza Bazaar. We went there and...

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