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Mumbai attacks trial: key dates

mumbai Updated: May 06, 2010 15:07 IST
Timeline: Mumbai attacks

Here are the key dates in the trial of Pakistani national Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, sentenced to death on Thursday for his role in the Mumbai attacks of November 26, 2008 that left 166 people dead.

2009

-- April 15: Kasab's state-appointed lawyer is sacked by the judge as the case is about to open due to her links to a potential prosecution witness.

-- April 16: A new lawyer, Abbas Kazmi, is appointed.

-- April 17: Public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam opens his case, alleging the plot was hatched in Pakistan and was the product of that country's "institutionalised terror culture".

-- April 28: medical tests show Kasab was over 18 at the time of the attacks. He had said he was a minor and should not be tried in an adult court.

-- May 6: Kasab pleads not guilty to all 86 charges against him.

-- July 20: Kasab changes his plea to guilty, admitting taking part in the attack on Mumbai's main railway station and detailing how he and the nine other gunmen were trained by Pakistan-based extremists.

-- July 23: The judge rules the trial should continue as Kasab's guilty plea was only a partial admission and did not cover all the charges.

-- November 30: Kazmi is dismissed by the judge for "not cooperating with the court" and time-wasting.

-- December 16: Prosecution case closes.

-- December 18: Kasab retracts his confession, saying it was made under pressure and that he was framed by police.

2010

-- March 22: The court rejects an application for US-Pakistani national David Coleman Headley, who admitted scouting targets for the attacks, to give evidence.

-- March 31: The judge adjourns the case to consider his verdict.

-- May 3: Kasab found guilty of most of the 86 charges against him, including murder and waging war against India, which carry the death penalty.

-- May 6: Judge M.L. Tahaliyani sentences Kasab to death by hanging.