- Anti-terror court in Mumbai convicts Salem, Mustafa Dossa, 4 others
- Court will announce sentences on Monday, 1 accused acquitted
- 257 people were killed, 713 injured in 13 explosions in Mumbai in 1993
Apart from Salem, who was extradited from Portugal in 2005, and Dossa, who was extradited from the UAE, the court also convicted Mohammed Tahir Merchant alias Tahir Takla, Karimullah Khan, Riyaz Siddiqui and Feroze Abdul Rashid Khan. Abdul Qayyum has been acquitted in the case. A number of other accused in the case, including India's most wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim, remain on the run.
A series of 13 blasts in quick succession ripped through various locations of India's financial capital on March 12, 1993 and the suburbs killing 257 people and injuring around 700.
The prime targeted locations included the Air India Building, Bombay Stock Exchange, Zaveri Bazar, then existing five star hotels, Hotel SeaRock and Hotel Juhu Centaur, and others leading to public and private property worth Rs 27 crore damaged.
In the first leg of the trial that concluded in 2007, the anti-terrorism court had convicted 100 people, out of which, 23 were acquitted. In 2015, Yakub Memon was hanged in connection with the same case.
The court had dropped certain charges against Salem in 2013 after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said those charges went against the extradition treaty between India and Portugal.
The court recorded statements of around 750 prosecution witnesses and 50 witnesses. Three accused including Abu Salem had confessed to their crime during investigations carried out by the CBI over the years into the blasts case.
(With inputs from PTI)
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