India court delivers first verdicts in 1993 Mumbai bombings trial

[JURIST] An Indian court Tuesday convicted four people - all members of the same family - of conspiracy and aiding a terrorist act in the 1993 Mumbai bombings [BBC backgrounder], a series of attacks which killed 257 people and injured over 700 others in India's financial center. Indian prosecutors charged 123 defendants in connection with the attacks and during the course of a trial which lasted over 10 years, the court heard testimony from 686 witnesses. It is expected to take several weeks for the court to announce verdicts for all defendants, and sentences will be announced after all verdicts have been delivered.

Three defendants, also members of the Memon family, were found not guilty Tuesday. Eleven defendants have died since proceedings began, and 36 have remained in jail, though all others were released on bail. Thirty-seven other suspects, including suspected mastermind Dawood Ibrahim [BBC profile], remain at large. Reuters has more. BBC News has additional coverage.

 

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