Confusion surrounds Mumbai suspect's 'confession'

The lone surviving gunman from last year’s Mumbai massacre told a court today that he wanted to confess to all 86 charges against him – but minutes later recanted and said he would stick with his earlier partial confession.

The lone surviving gunman from last year’s Mumbai massacre told a court today that he wanted to confess to all 86 charges against him – but minutes later recanted and said he would stick with his earlier partial confession.

Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, 21, last month confessed to taking part in the November attack that paralysed India’s financial capital and killed 166 people but the court had ordered that the trial against him continue because his statement did not address all the charges against him.

Today Kasab, a Pakistani, said he wanted to plead guilty to all the 86 charges. The charges include murder and conspiracy to wage war against India.

Judge M.L. Tahiliyani, who heads the special court trying Kasab, asked him to discuss his plans with his lawyer before making any decisions.

Minutes later, Kasab returned to the court to say his earlier confession would stand and he would not plead guilty to all the charges.

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