Kasab weeps silently in dock

Kasab, who sat throughout the proceedings holding his hands and staring at the floor, gave the one-liner when his court-appointed defence lawyer K P Pawar asked him if he wanted to say anything in response to the sentence handed down by the special court.

“The court asked us, does the convict have anything to say? You can discuss and tell us,” Pawar told reporters later, giving an account of the final moments of one of India’s most high-profile trials.

“I spoke to him. I asked him do you want to say something? Kasab said: I don’t want to say anything, ” Pawar said. He was asked if the Pakistani terrorist proposed to challenge the death penalty. He replied: “I will get a chance (to talk to him). These things will be decided (then).”

When the judge read out the sentence and explained the death penalty to Kasab, according to media persons who were sitting close to the dock, broke down in the court and asked for water. However, Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said Kasab betrayed no emotions and only asked for a glass of water, which was given to him.

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