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Clarity on Kasab’s lawyer by Monday

Kasab, a Pakistani citizen, has already written a letter to Pakistan Embassy, seeking help for his defence. On Monday, the magistrate may ask him about engaging a lawyer of his choice.

india Updated: Mar 06, 2009 00:13 IST
Sunil Shivdasani

Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving 26/11 terrorist, has so far not defended himself in the court. But as the trial is expected to begin this month-end in a special designated court, Kasab and two other accused — Fahim Ansari and Shahbuddin Ahmed — will have to select a lawyer to defend themselves.

Kasab, a Pakistani citizen, has already written a letter to Pakistan Embassy, seeking help for his defence. On Monday, the magistrate may ask him about engaging a lawyer of his choice.

According to special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam, there are three probabilities — the Pakistan government may find a lawyer for him; Kasab may engage a lawyer himself; or, the court may give Kasab a lawyer from the state's legal aid cell.

The trial may last for six months during which Kasab would be lodged in the high security Arthur Road jail. He will appear before a special court housed in the same prison.

Police have already filed a chargesheet in a magistrate’s court, which had remanded Kasab from time to time after his arrest on November 26.