New Delhi, Sep 7: TADA court sentenced convict Abu Salem to life imprisonment. This was expected as death sentence could not be given to him because Abu Salem has been extradited from Portugal.Portugal doesn't’t have death sentence. So obviously the court cannot give him death sentence because of the extradition treaty.
See the quantum of sentence of the Mumbai Bomb Blast Convicts:
--1993 Mumbai blasts case: TADA court sentences convict Feroz Khan to death
-Riyaz Siddiqui sentenced to 10 years
-1993 Mumbai blasts case: TADA court sentences convict Tahir Merchant to death, Riyaz Siddiqui sentenced to 10 years
-1993 Mumbai blasts case: TADA court sentences convict Abu Salem to life imprisonment
-TADA court sentences convict Abu Salem to life imprisonment
-1993 Mumbai blasts case: TADA court sentences convict Karimullah Khan to life imprisonment
The Background and the story so far:
Abu Salem and 4 other convicts reached court for quantum of sentence hearing in 1993 blast case on Thursday morning. A special Terrorist and Disruptive Activity (TADA) Court pronounced the quantum of sentence against all the convicts of the 1993 Mumbai Bomb Blasts Case on Thursday.
A Special TADA Court on Thursday awarded life sentence to prime accused Abu Salem and Karimullah Khan, while awarding death sentence to M. Tahir Merchant in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case. Special Judge G.A. Sanap also slapped a fine of Rs 200,000 on convicts Salem and Khan, after finding them guilty on various charges including murder, supplying arms and other serious offences. Merchant was convicted for conspiring, facilitating and knowingly commissioning acts of terror. They were earlier pronounced "guilty" by the Special Court on June 16, along with three others including Mustafa Dossa who died on June 28.
News24Bureau with Agencies