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Kasab charged with criminal conspiracy against India

The trial in the Mumbai terror attacks case began with the prosecution opening its case against Mohammed Ajmal Kasab and two others. Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam opened the arguments against Kasab and charged him with criminal conspiracy and waging war against India among other charges in the 26/11 attack case. Over 21 pages of confession statement by Kasab was also opened. See Terror Trail | Timeline: Mumbai 26/11 carnage | Graphics: How Kasab was captured| Graphics: Faces of terror

india Updated: Apr 17, 2009 15:15 IST

Trial in the November 26 Mumbai terror attacks case began on Friday at the special sessions court inside the heavily-guarded Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai.

The special court dismissed Kasab's application claiming that he is a "juvenile".

According to media reports, the prosecution opened the case against the Mumbai attack terrorist Mohammad Ajmal Kasab, Faheem Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed with Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam declaring the charges against Kasab. A confession statement by Kasab running in over 21 pages were also opened.

Although he was not directly involved in killing all 166 persons, Kasab was an active member of conspiracy hatched in Pakistan to commit terror attacks in India, Nikam said in his brief preliminary address to open the case on Thursday.

Several charges have been slapped against Kasab, including criminal conspiracy, waging war against nation, committing robbery and also under various other sections of the IPC, reports said.

Kasab has also been charged with the murder of Mumbai police officials Hemant Karkare, Tukaram Ombale, Vijay Salaskar, and Ashok Kamte. The prosecution said that the handlers of the Mumbai attackers had asked them to target American and Israeli nationals.

First Published: Apr 17, 2009 10:26 IST