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Sabrina: Armed for another legal battle

india Updated: Dec 21, 2006 03:57 IST

Sabrina Lall is preparing herself for another battle but she is more determined this time. As the defence prepares to appeal against the life sentence to Manu Sharma in the Supreme Court, Sabrina is confident that she will not be disappointed again.

“This verdict has restored my faith in judiciary. I am conscious about the fact that they will appeal and after this verdict I am not apprehensive about what will happen there. This has come as a great relief to me and has taken a huge burden that I had been carrying on my conscience for many years off me,” said Sabrina.

However, one thought that is looming over the euphoria is what if the Supreme Court does not uphold the judgement and Manu Sharma goes scot-free again. “While we are aware of an outside chance of such an eventuality, we are just too overjoyed to look at it right now,” added Sabrina.

“The judgment is a strong one and I am sure that the Supreme Court would uphold it. This has been a great year and this verdict should become a benchmark for other cases also,” she said in reply to the possibility of the accused moving the apex court.

As far as co-accused Vikas Yadav and Amardeep Gill are concerned, Sabrina says she is happy that the court acknowledged that they had conspired in the case. “Though I never really concentrated on other accused persons, I am glad they have been found guilty,” she added.

Jessica’s family is comforted by fact that Manu Sharma has been put away for life. “I really could not ask God for more. I do not believe in capital punishment. The convict’s family suffers more in the case of death sentence. I am happy that it is a life imprisonment because it is the accused who should suffer and not his family,” she said.

Email Vidya Krishnan: vidya .krishnan@hindustantimes.com

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