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Kasab prosecutor to speak before UNSC

world Updated: Dec 03, 2010 01:15 IST
Anirudh Bhattacharyya
Anirudh Bhattacharyya
Hindustan Times
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Days after the second anniversary of 26/11, the Mumbai attack is likely to become a subject of discussion at the United Nations Security Council's first ever International Conference for Bringing Terrorists to Justice, to which India has sent as its delegate Ujjwal Nikam, the special prosecutor who has secured the death sentence for Ajmal Kasab.

The conference will also give India an opportunity to highlight its problems, especially since the conspirators behind Mumbai terrorist attacks were based in Pakistan. Even if the Kasab trial is not directly discussed, Nikam said in New York, "Impliedly we may focus on it and the problems we faced."

Representatives from 23 countries, including the United States and Pakistan, are attending the conference. The three-day event, which began on December 1, is hosted by the UNSC's counterterrorism committee.

Among the lessons from the 26/11 trial that he hopes to share with those at the conference is that of completing the process "expeditiously" so as to "serve the purpose of deterrence" not only to punish the accused but also to "give a message to like-minded persons," Nikam said.

The conference will attempt to create a framework towards finding solutions to challenges faced, as India did with 26/11, when the plotters are based in another country. "Now terrorism is like a proxy war. Some of the countries are encouraging it and the main conspirators do not come to the clutches of the law," Nikam said.