An Indian judge is proceeding with the trial for the sole surviving
gunman from last year's terror attacks in Mumbai, despite accepting the
defendant's guilty plea.
Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam says the judge ordered the trial for
Pakistani national Mohammed Ajmal Kasab to continue because his
confession only addressed some of the charges against him.
The prosecution says it believes Kasab confessed in order to get a more lenient sentence.
Kasab is charged with 86 offenses, including waging war on India,
murder and possessing explosives. He faces the death penalty if
The defendant initially pleaded innocent when the trial began in May,
but took both the prosecution and defense by surprise Monday by saying
he was guilty and making a detailed confession.
Kasab says he wants no mercy and is ready to be hanged for his role in the three-day siege that killed 166 people.
In his confession, Kasab said he was one of the 10 gunmen who carried
out the attacks. He said they split into pairs to strike at different
Kasab said he and his accomplice attacked a train station, killing 52
people, then went to a hospital where they shot dead several guards.
The pair then hijacked a car and drove to a popular beach, where Kasab
was caught and his accomplice killed.
Kasab said he was recruited by the banned Pakistani-based Islamic militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba.
The attacks severely strained relations between the two nuclear-armed
neighbors and brought India and Pakistan's slow-moving peace process to