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08 September 2017, 12:50 | Kara Nash
Abu Salem is one of the six convicts in the case
Mumbai, Sept. 7 (Agencies): A court on Thursday jailed for life extradited gangster Abu Salem, convicted of involvement in the series of blasts in India's financial capital in 1993 that killed 257 people.
"As per the Extradition Treaty between India-Portugal, the maximum sentence permissible to him is 25 years, since the life imprisonment and death penalty are banned in Portugal where he was first arrested", Special Public Prosecutor Deepak Salve said after the verdict.
The court awarded life imprisonment to Abu Salem and Karimullah Khan along with a fine of Rs 2 lakhs, while Riyaz Ahmed Siddique received a sentence of 10 years. Merchant and Feroz Khan can appeal against the conviction and death sentence while Abu Salem against the conviction and life sentence. A total of six accused were convicted on 16 June, however, one of them, Mustafa Dossa alias Mustafa Majnu, died of a massive heart attack on 28 June.
March 12, 1993: A powerful bomb vehicle explosion at 1:30 pm in the basement of the Bombay Stock Exchange building, kills 50 people.
The court had rejected Firoz's defence that he was not Firoz Khan but one 'Hamza'.
"The maximum sentence is the death sentence but this man can not be awarded the death sentence". The court, while sentencing him to life imprisonment, observed that the prosecution had failed to prove the charge of conspiracy against him, but he was convicted under Section 3 (3) of the TADA (P) Act. The dreaded gangster and a close aide to Dawood, skipped the death penalty because India, at the time of his extradition, guaranteed Portugal that he will not be given the death sentence.
For his role in the Mumbai bombing, Salem was convicted of conspiracy and terror activities and found guilty under the Arms and Explosives Act for procuring and supplying weapons.
Convicted and sentenced, Abu Salem smiles at the other plotters. The attacks were planned by Dawood Ibrahim, Indias most wanted fugitive who also has his name prominently figuring on the most wanted lists of the USA and the Interpol. On March 21, 2013, SC upheld the death sentence of convict Yakub Memon, brother of Tiger Memon, and he was hanged in July 2015.
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