SC upholds Mohd Afzal’s death sentence

via Timenow published on January 12, 2007

NEW DELHI: It’s the end of the road for Mohd Afzal, the prime accused in the Parliament Attack case. The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the death sentence of Afzal and has dismissed his curative petition filed on December 13.

Now with the SC upholding the death penalty for Mohammad Afzal, the stage is once again set for politics over his impending execution as the ball is back in the Home Minister’s court with regard to setting a date for his hanging.

Mohd Afzal was awarded death sentence by the apex court for his role in the 2001 Parliament Attack case following which Afzal had challenged the sentence and the legality of his trial as he had been denied the right to have an advocate to defend himself. Afzal had then filed a curative petition in the Supreme Court incidentally on the fifth anniversary of the Parliament Attack case — December 13.

The apex court’s decision means that his death sentence stands and the only recourse available for Afzal is the mercy petition lying pending with President A P J Abdul Kalam.

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