A Pakistani man faces a possible death sentence after being convicted by an Indian court in connection with the 2008 terrorist attacks on Mumbai.
Mohammad Ajmal Kasab was the only gunman to survive the siege, which left more than 160 people dead after a three-day rampage through some of Mumbai’s best known landmarks, including two luxury hotels and a Jewish centre.
Prosecutors said Kasab was caught on tape strolling through Mumbai’s main train station carrying an AK-47 rifle and a knapsack. Nearly 60 people were gunned down in the crowded station.
Kasab, wounded by police and arrested on the first night of the attacks, initially admitted his role but then said he had been framed.
Under the glare of the world’s media in a packed court room inside a maximum security prison, judge ML Talayhani read through the lengthy indictment of 86 charges.
He found Kasab guilty on each one, including waging war against India and murder which carry the death penalty.
Kasab sat with his head bowed as the guilty verdicts were read out.
The trial lasted more than a year and the judge took more than a month to consider all the evidence.
The widely expected verdict came after the prosecution said there was overwhelming evidence against Kasab, including photos and 610 witness statements.
There has been pressure on India to be seen to be delivering justice in this case.
Sentencing has been adjourned until Wednesday but several of his convictions, like waging war against India and murder, carry the death penalty.
Two Indian nationals accused of being members of the Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and of conducting reconnaissance in Mumbai before the attack were acquitted of all charges.
The Mumbai attack prompted New Delhi to break off peace talks with Pakistan, saying Islamabad must first act against militants operating from its soil, including the LeT, of which Kasab is accused of being a member.
India had charged 38 people in connection with the attack, most of them living in Pakistan.
The verdict comes days after the prime ministers of India and Pakistan held talks in Bhutan and asked their officials to take steps to normalise relations, signalling a thaw in ties that analysts say should not be affected by the verdict.
One risk to normalising relations is another major militant attack in India and the ensuing political pressure that could force the government to break off the dialogue process.