The sole gunman captured in last month’s terrorist attacks on Mumbai has written to Pakistani officials to ask for legal help afterrefused to take his criminal case, police said Saturday.
Mohammed Ajmal Kasab wrote a letter Thursday to the Pakistani consulate to request “legal aid,” said Rakesh Maria, Mumbai’s chief investigator.
He also asked to meet with a representative from the consulate, Maria said.
The letter was forwarded to India’s government to relay to Pakistani officials, but it was unclear whether it had been delivered, Maria said.
A number of Indian lawyers — including a prominent group of Mumbai attorneys — have refused to defend Kasab against criminal charges amid outrage over the attacks. Police have revised the death toll from the attacks to 164 people. Nine gunmen also died in the siege.
A man feeds birds at the Gateway of India landmark, in Mumbai, India, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008. The sole gunman captured in last month’s terrorist attacks on Mumbai has written to Pakistani officials to ask for legal help after Indian lawyers refused to take his criminal case, police said Saturday.(AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
He is being held on 12 offenses, including waging war against the country and murder, but has not yet been formally charged.
According to police, 21-year-old Kasab said he was a Pakistani national and member of banned terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Islamabad has refused to acknowledge Kasab’s nationality, complaining that India has yet to furnish any evidence.
The gunman captured in last month’s Mumbai attacks says in his confession to police he originally intended to seize hostages and call the media to make demands.
In a confession statement obtained by The Associated Press, Mohammed Ajmal Kasab says he and his partner, who attacked the city’s main train station, had planned a rooftop standoff. But they couldn’t find access to a roof.
The two killed dozens of people inside the station, but it’s unclear if they ever held hostages.
Kasab also says the attacks were originally set for Sept. 27. He doesn’t say why they were delayed.
Last month’s attacks across India’s financial capital left 164 people plus nine gunmen dead.