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Indian Court Renders Another Guilty Verdict in 1993 Mumbai Bombing Case

An Indian court has convicted another man for his role in a series of bombings in Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay) 13 years ago that killed 257 people.

The man, Parvez Shaikh, was convicted Thursday of planting two of the 12 bombs that exploded across Mumbai in 1993 - one explosive device placed in a scooter parked outside a shopping area, and another bomb left in a hotel.

So far, nine people - including four members of the same family - have been found guilty in the case. More verdicts are expected in the coming weeks.

Those convicted could face the death penalty.

The alleged masterminds, Dawood Ibrahim and a close associate, "Tiger" Memon, are believed to have fled the country.

The mammoth trial began in 1994. Most of the 123 defendants have been free on bail, but some have been detained for more than a decade. Several defendants have died since the trial began.

Indian authorities say the bombings were in retaliation for the destruction of a 16th century mosque in the northern city of Ayodhya by a Hindu mob a year earlier.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.