India Executes Man Convicted in 2001 Attack on Parliament
[NY Times] India hanged a man on Saturday who had been convicted of involvement in the 2001 attack on Parliament that killed nine people. The hanging of the man, Afzal Guru,
I think his alias was Ghazi Baba, but I'd have to check.
a 43-year-old militant with the group Jaish-e-Mohammad,
Army of Mohammad, a Pak-based Deobandi terror group founded by Maulana Masood Azhar in 2000, after he split with the Harkat-ul-Mujaheddin. In 2002 the government of Pervez Musharraf
banned the group, which changed its name to Khaddam ul-Islam and continued doing what it had been doing before without missing a beat...
came more than a decade after the Dec. 13, 2001, suicide attack on India's Parliament in which five gunmen opened fire, killing nine people, including security officials and a journalist. The execution drew protests from human rights groups concerned about the growing use of capital punishment in such cases.
I'm still hazy on why capital crimes don't merit capital punishment. The attack killed nine people. No human rights groups stepped in to try and prevent that.
The human rights groups wait for the bullets to stop flying and then step in to criticize. It's safer that way...
Mr. Guru was convicted of conspiracy in the plot and sentenced to death by a special court in 2002. In 2004, the Supreme Court of India upheld the death sentence.
Pointing out that the attack killed nine people, and that it was on the seat of India's democracy.
After the execution, clashes broke out in Mr. Guru's hometown Sopore, in the northern part of the Kashmir, and the police and paramilitary units were called to restore order.
Lots of Moslems there, y'see.
Days before the execution, President Pranab Mukherjee had rejected a mercy plea by Mr. Guru's wife, according to reports from The Press Trust of India, paving the way for Mr. Guru's hanging in the Tihar Jail complex, officials said.
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