Arrested Pakistani gunman Mohammed Ajmal Kasab’s guilty plea and his seeking death penalty might be a sign that he was repentant over his actions, his lawyer Abbas Kazmi said on Thursday.
Following his dramatic admission of guilt before a special court conducting the trial in the November 26 terror strikes, Kasab had said he would rather face death “from people of this world than God”.
“Agar kisi ko aitraz hai...agar kisi ke dimaag me shak hai ki phansi se bachne ke liye yeh kar raha hoon to beshak phansi ke sazza dijiye (if anyone fells that I’m confessing to escape the gallows then without doubt sentence me to death by hanging),” Kasab had told the court.
Abbas Kazmi, who is representing the Pakistani gunman, said these statements showed that his client was “repentant” over his actions and it was an emotional outburst.
However, special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said it was all a “drama” enacted by the 22-year-old gunman.
“Kasab was making the statements only to gain sympathy and escape harsher punishment,” he said.
“Kasab is very shrewd and clever, and has not admitted his entire role in the November 26 terror strikes. By making emotional statements it does not indicate any remorse and he is calm,” Nikam said.