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Indian court turns down request by Mumbai attacker of access to newspapers

AN Indian special court hearing the case of Mohammed Ajmal Amir alias Kasab, the lone surviving gunman in the Mumbai attacks last November, has turned down his request to provide newspapers in his cell at the high-secured Arthur Road prison in Mumbai, a senior Indian Home Ministry official said today.

"Kasab's lawyer Abbas Khazmi made the request on behalf of his client but the special court declined the plea yesterday. Instead it has said that Khazmi could give him some Urdu books to read. However, the court has reserved its decision on whether Kasab could be given a Urdu-translated version of the 11,000-page charge-sheet filed by the Mumbai police," the official said on anonymity.

India has charged Kasab with 320 crimes, including waging war against the state, in the charge-sheet for his involvement in the Mumbai attacks.


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