6 suspects convicted in 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts

The verdict in 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case is announced has come out and Abu Salem, Mustafa Dossa has been found guilty of conspiracy, murder and terror activities and for supplying arms.Mustafa Dossa, convicted for his role in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts, sits inside a police van as he leaves from Arthur Road Jail for a special court in Mumbai on 16 June 2017.The others convicted include Mustafa Dossa, Firoz Khan, Tahir Merchant, Riyaz Siddiqui and Karimullah Khan. While the court convicted five of the accused under the common charge of criminal conspiracy, it acquitted Siddiqui of the charges, finding him guilty only under one section of the Terrorism and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act. Abdul Qayoom Shaikh was the lone accused who was acquitted. The seven men, who were arrested between 2003 and 2010, nearly at the fag end of the first trial, form the second set of accused in the blasts case.The TADA court will hear the quantum of sentence on June 19.■ 21 March 2013: SC upholds death sentence of Yakub Memon, transfers death sentence of 10 convicts to life imprisonment and also uphelds life imprisonment of 16 out of 18 convicts. Following the first part verdict relating to the blasts, Tiger Memon’s brother Yakub was hanged to death in July 2015.An Indian court on Friday convicted six men over serial bomb blasts in the commercial capital Mumbai more than two decades ago that killed hundreds, the nation’s deadliest attack.Supreme Court discharges two more accused, travel agent Abu Asim Azmi (Samajwadi Party leader) and Amjed Meher Baux. Ansari, in the past, was arrested in two cases, including on the charge of murder, said the officer. Salem has a slight advantage since India had signed a treaty with Portugal and has to send him back there. The TADA court said that the prosecution failed to prove charges of conspiracy against Siddiqui. He was charged under TADA for conspiracy in the blasts and for receiving the weapons from Salem. The CBI said members of fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim’s gang along with other absconding accused Tiger Memon, Mohammed Dossa and Mustafa Dossa hatched a conspiracy to commit terrorist acts in India. The 13 locations are Mumbai Stock Exchange building, Masjid-Mandvi Corporation Bank Branch, Zaveri Bazaar, Fisherman’s Colony in Mahim Causeway, Plaza Cinema, Katha Bazaar, Century Bazaar, Hotel Sea Rock, Air India building, Terminal at Sahar Airport (current CSIA), Hotel Juhu Centaur, Worli and Passport Office.”He can not be awarded death sentence as we have already given an undertaking to Portugal government according to the rule of specialty”, NS Khadayat, former assistant director Interpol India, had said. Other convicts were handed over different sentences.Considering the observation made by the Supreme Court of Justice, Portugal in its order on January 27, 2005, the court kept its order in mind. The shooter had shot at his wife and sister and is also involved in several cases.