Convict Abu Salem May Not Have To Spend Life In Jail

TADA court to pronounce quantum of sentence in 1993 Mumbai blast case today

Abu Salem found guilty of 1993 Mumbai blasts, sentenced to life imprisonment

Mumbai: 1993 Mumbai blasts case: The TADA court sentences convict Abu Salem and Karimullah Khan to life imprisonment.

Abu Salem was arrested in 2002 from Portugal who was accused of transporting ammunition from Gujarat to Mumbai.

The court had convicted six people, including the mastermind of the attack Mustafa Dosa and Abu Salem on June 16 this year.

April 1, 1994: Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) (TADA) court shifted from city's sessions and civil court to a separate building inside the premises of the Arthur Road Central Jail. A special court today sentenced to life in this case. Dossa died of a heart attack a few days after his conviction.One Abdul Qayoom Karim Shaikh was acquitted for lack of evidence. In it India accepted two main conditions that the extradited person would not face either a death sentence or life imprisonment beyond 25 years. Twelve were given the death penalty and 20 others sentenced for life.

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March 12, 1993: A powerful bomb auto explosion at 1:30 pm in the basement of the Bombay Stock Exchange building, kills 50 people.

"Under the Extradition Treaty, when he was brought to India, the government had given an undertaking that he would not be given a sentence of more than 25 years". This marks the conclusion of the second leg of the longest-running terror trial in the country.

Convicts Tahir Merchant and Feroz Khan were sentenced to death, Riyaz Siddiqui was given 10 years of jail term. The TADA court has awarded life imprisonment for the dreaded gangster, who escaped the death sentence courtesy the fact that the Portugal government at the time of his extradition had insisted that the death sentence should not be handed to him by the courts here.

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He was extradited to India in 2005 and has been in prison since then.

Tahir Merchant and Feroz Abdul Rashid Khan, two of the accused in the case, were awarded death sentence by the TADA Court. Out of the 100 convicted people, 23 have been acquitted and the others have been missing.

One of them, Yakub Memon, was hanged in 2015 after the Supreme Court rejected his mercy plea in a historic middle-of-the-night hearing.

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