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Jundal wants to confess his role in 26/11 attacks

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, August 10, 2012
First Published: 20:15 IST(10/8/2012) | Last Updated: 01:31 IST(11/8/2012)

Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, one of the handlers of the 26/11 attacks, on Friday expressed his willingness to confess his role in the 2008 carnage.

This comes a day after Jundal met Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone surviving terrorist in the case.

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Sources from crime branch said Jundal was ready to give his confession about the terror attack and his involvement with the Laskhar-e-Taiba (LeT) network before the magistrate court under section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

Jundal was brought to court at 4:30pm amid tight security and was produced before the additional chief metropolitan magistrate.

He then told the court that he wanted to confess. Soon the court was vacated and all the other litigants were asked to leave.

During the in-camera proceedings, the court explained to him the procedure of recording the confession and also informed him that his confessional statement could be used against him.

According to sources, Jundal replied in the affirmative when he was asked if his decision to give the confession was voluntary.

The magistrate then informed Jundal that he would be given time till Monday to rethink his decision and the statement would be recorded only if he still wanted to make the confession.

Jundal, who till now was in the custody of the crime branch, was sent to judicial custody till August 13 to ensure no pressure was put on him. The 26/11 handler was taken to Arthur Road jail amidst tight security at 7pm.

On Thursday, Kasab and Jundal were interrogated together for over an hour during which the lone surviving terrorist identified Jundal.


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