The lone captured terrorist Ajmal Amir Kasab told the designated court, conducting trial in the 26/11 terror attacks case, that he should be tried by an international court as he does not expect he will get justice in India.
Judge M L Tahlyani, presiding over the trial and recording his statment under section 313 of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), however rejected his plea and said he could make the same after the judgement had been pronounced as it was premature at this stage.
Recording of Kasabâ€™s statement ended
Twenty-two-year-old Kasab once again told the court that police had falsely implicated him in the case and demanded that he should be allowed to call witnesses from Pakistan for his defence, and also be allowed to meet Pakistani officials.
Without providing details of the witnesses, Kasab only said that witnesses would include a Pakistani passport officer.
Following his statement and hearing Public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam and Kasabâ€™s lawyer K P Pawar, the Judge came to the conclusion that Kasabâ€™s case was not of acquittal because of evidence against him and so he was entitled to examine defence witnesses.
Accordingly, the court allowed Kasab time till January 27 to decide on examining defence witnesses.
However, Kasab told the court that he did not wish to be examined as witness on oath.
He alleged that Pakistanâ€™s Geo TV channel, which had aired the footage of his village in that country, was under the "thumb" of Indiaâ€™s external intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing and Isrel.
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