Indian Home Ministry rejects mercy plea by 2001 Parliament attacker

18:49, June 23, 2010      

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In response to the mercy plea filed by the wife of the 2001 Parliament attack case convict Afzal Guru, Indian Home Ministry has written to the President of India stating that his case is fit for death sentence and deserves no mercy, said Home Ministry Wednesday.

"Mercy petition filed by Tabassum, wife of the Parliament House attack convict Afzal Guru, should be rejected. Nature of the crime committed is heinous and he deserves no mercy," a Union Home Ministry note said.

This could lead to the first execution of a criminal by Indian authorities for many years, after the case has been dragging on for nine years.

It could also be followed by debate on whether Mohammed Amir Ajmal Kasab, the lone gunman capture alived and convicted in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, who was sentenced to death in early May by a special court, should be executed soon or not.

The petition for mercy to Guru did not find favor from the Home Ministry following recommendation of the Delhi Lieutenant Governor Tejendra Khanna.

Five terrorists had attacked the Parliament House on December 13, 2001 leaving seven security personnel dead.

Mohammed Afzal Guru, resident of Kashmir, was charged with plotting the attack a few days later along with three other suspects.

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