A court in the Indian city of Mumbai has sentenced two men to death for their role in bomb attacks in 1993. The blasts allegedly to avenge the killing of Muslims in riots, targeted a dozen sites and killed 257 people.
Firoz Khan and Tahir Merchant were convicted of criminal conspiracy and murder. Abu Salem, who fled India after the bombings and was extradited from Portugal in 2005, received a life sentence, along with Karimulla Khan. Another man, Riyaz Siddiqui, was sentenced to 10 years in jail. Seven men were detained between 2003 and 2010 and were tried separately as they were arrested towards the end of a previous trial. A court found six of them guilty in June. One man, Mustafa Dossa, died of cardiac arrest soon after his conviction. One man was acquitted. In 2015, Abu Salem, a key associate of Indian crime lord Dawood Ibrahim, received another life sentence for a 20-year-old murder, which was not connected to the blasts. Yakub Memon, the man convicted of plotting and financing the bombings, was executed in 2015.