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Mumbai trial: India's global stage for case against Pakistan

The judge Thursday accepted Kasab's confession. The trial will still continue, with the prosecution saying it will 'expose' the Pakistani group tied to the assault.

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The trial must go on.

That's the ruling Thursday from the special court hearing the Mumbai terror attack case following a dramatic courtroom confession earlier this week from the defendant, the sole surviving suspect.

The bench sided with prosecutors who wanted to continue laying out their full case against Pakistani gunman Mohammad Ajmal Kasab, despite his change of plea on Monday to guilty.

Specifically, the special prosecutor said he wanted to "expose the infrastructure and operations" of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the Pakistan-based militant group fingered in the attack.

Addressing Mr. Kasab, Judge M.L. Tahilyani explained: "There were 85 charges framed against you. You have not pleaded guilty to all of them and only to the basic offense."

The decision gives prosecutors a chance effectively to put LeT – and by extension Pakistan – on trial. While Indian officials have railed for years against the terror group and its ties to the Pakistani state, the trial affords India a hefty, high-profile venue for making its case to the world.


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