11 Feb '12, 7am
Indian court upholds death sentences handed to 3 for planting bombs that killed 52 in Mumbai in 2003
MUMBAI (AFP) - An Indian court has upheld death sentences handed down to three people, including a married couple, for planting bombs that killed 52 in the nation's financial hub Mumbai in 2003. The Bombay High Court confirmed the death penalties given to Sayed Anees, 46, his wife Fehmida Sayed, 43, and Ashrat Ansari, 32, on charges of murder, criminal conspiracy and terrorism. 'It is a rarest of rare case, deserving the extreme penalty. They are ordered to be hanged by neck till dead,' Justices A.M. Khanvilkar and P.D. Kode ruled on Friday. A lower court had condemned the three to death three years ago for planting bombs in two taxis that exploded in August 2003 at Mumbai's landmark Gateway of India and the bustling gold jewellery Zaveri Bazaar market.