Red Fort attack: Death sentence upheld for LeT militant (Lead)

August 10th, 2011 - 12:54 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 10 (IANS) The Supreme Court Wednesday upheld the death sentence awarded to Lashkar-e-Taiba militant Mohammad Arif alias Ashfaq for the Dec 22, 2000 attack at the Red Fort in which three army men were killed.

Dismissing Arif’s appeal, a bench of Justice V.S. Sirpurkar and Justice T.S. Thakur upheld the death sentence awarded by a trial court in 2005 and confirmed by the Delhi High Court in 2007.

Justice Sirpurkar said: “The appeal is dismissed. Death sentence upheld.”

Arif had challenged the high court verdict upholding his death sentence by the trial court of Additional Sessions Judge O.P. Saini.

Arif was convicted for murder, waging war against the government of India and conspiracy. He and his accomplices had stormed the 17th century Red Fort here and attacked an army camp.

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