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Kasab's lawyer stands firm: prosecutor

india Updated: Apr 01, 2009 12:45 IST
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The lawyer appointed to represent the lone Islamist militant suspect in the Mumbai attacks will take on the case, despite being targeted by incensed Hindu nationalists, the prosecutor said on Wednesday.

Anjali Waghmare on Tuesday asked a Mumbai court for a day to consider her position following protests outside her home by activists from the local Shiv Sena group.

But prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said that Waghmare "will continue and will make a statement to that effect in court" later on Wednesday.

Waghmare was selected from the state legal aid team to defend Mohammed Ajmal Amir Iman -- also known as Kasab -- on Monday, ending a four-month legal limbo for the 21-year-old Pakistani national, during which he has had no lawyer.

Iman was arrested on November 26 last year, soon after a group of 10 heavily-armed extremists began a 60-hour assault on India's financial and entertainment hub, which eventually left 165 dead and more than 300 injured.

He faces a string of charges, including "waging war" on India, murder and attempted murder, which carry a possible death sentence if he is convicted.

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