7 May 2009

Mumbai suspect pleads not guilty

5:33 am on 7 May 2009

The leading suspect in last November's deadly attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Mohammad Ajmal Amir Qasab, 21, told the court in Mumbai that the charges were "all wrong" and that he is not guilty.

The court has now posted 86 charges against him. They include waging war against India, hijacking a boat, murder and possessing explosives.

More than 170 people died in the attacks, including nine gunmen.

The accused is the sole surviving suspected attacker. He faces the death penalty if found guilty.

At an earlier hearing he retracted a confession, saying it was coerced.

The attacks took place from 26-28 November.

India has accused Pakistan-based fighters from Lashkar-e-Taiba of carrying them out. Pakistan has admitted they were partly planned on its soil.