Mohammad Ajmal Amir “Kasab,” lone surviving gunman of the November last Mumbai terror attacks threw a googly in the court on Monday by stating that he wanted his trial held in an international court.
Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam told The Hindu over the phone that Ajmal told Special Sessions Judge M.L. Tahaliyani: “I do not trust Indian courts. I want to be tried before an international court.”
According to Mr. Nikam, Ajmal also moved a written application through the jail authorities to that effect. His reason for not moving this application earlier was that he was denied paper and pen.
Writes in Urdu
Ajmal reportedly wrote the application in Urdu and it was translated in Marathi and produced before the court on Monday.
The accused spoke of his wish when asked by the judge.
Mr. Nikam said the court rejected Ajmal’s application.
The court also quashed an application from accused Fahim Ansari, which sought a stay on the court proceedings.
As per Mr. Nikam, Ansari alleged that the court was “rude” to him.
He appealed for a video recording of the trial. Rejecting this application, the court observed that the media had full access to the court proceedings.
Mr. Nikam said: “These are deliberate attempts by the accused to stall the proceedings. Since the prosecution has adduced credible evidence, they have lost all hope and are making such frustrated attempts.” The prosecution would move applications for contempt of court against the two accused.