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December 18, 2009 | By Anshul Rana and Mark Magnier
The man accused of being the lone surviving gunman from the November 2008 terrorist attack in the Indian city of Mumbai retracted his confession Friday, saying he was forced by police to sign the statement and that he was in jail at the time of the assault. Ajmal Amir Kasab, a Pakistani citizen who says he came to India to work in Bollywood, is charged with 86 offenses, including murder and waging war against India in the attacks at multiple sites in South Asia's financial hub that left 166 people dead.
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NEWS
January 20, 1991
I am writing in response to the letter from Kathleen A. Ferris (Times, Jan. 3). My purpose in writing this is to express my disappointment with the large, bold headline that implies that the "Taping of Confessions" is a trend that is being practiced. I certainly support her concern and your willingness to publish it. However, I do feel that the general public has been left with a very erroneous impression about the Episcopal Church and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. With respect to the article (Times, Dec. 20)
NEWS
July 10, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A prison volunteer said that death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal, who has denied murdering a police officer, told him he regretted killing the man, Vanity Fair reported in its August issue. Philip Bloch, who befriended Abu-Jamal through his work with the prison reform organization Pennsylvania Prison Society, told the magazine he came forward because of his "disgust" with the tactics of those who believe Abu-Jamal, who is in state prison at Waynesburg, Pa., was wrongly convicted.
WORLD
January 12, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An Italian couple have confessed to killing four neighbors, including a toddler, after a feud over noise, a prosecutor said. Raffaella Castagna, 30, her 2-year-old son, her mother and a neighbor were found with their throats slit Dec. 11 in Castagna's apartment in the wealthy northern town of Erba. The home had been set on fire. This week police arrested Olindo Romano and Rosa Bazzi, a middle-aged couple with no criminal record who live in the same building.
WORLD
February 24, 2005 | From Associated Press
A man appeared on the U.S.-funded Iraqi state television station Wednesday saying he was a Syrian intelligence officer who helped train people to behead others and build car bombs to attack American and Iraqi troops. "My name is Anas Ahmed al-Essa. I live in Halab. I am from Syria," he said. "I am a lieutenant in ... Syrian intelligence." In a 15-minute confession broadcast by Al Iraqiya, the man said he was in a group recruited to "cause chaos in Iraq ... to bar America from reaching Syria."
NEWS
March 28, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
In its first specific accusation against a detained U.S.-based scholar, China said she has confessed to spying for foreign intelligence agencies. A Foreign Ministry spokesman refused to elaborate or say for whom Gao Zhan allegedly spied. But he rejected Washington's requests that the Chinese-born political scientist be released, saying the case was being investigated "according to law." Previously Gao was accused of endangering state security, a vague charge often used against dissidents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 1992 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A man surrendered to police less than an hour after he allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend while she was working as a clerk in a video store, police said Saturday. "He walked into the police station and said he killed his girlfriend at the store," said Lt. Ed McErlain of the Huntington Beach Police Department. The shooting took place at Video 2010, at 19461 Brookhurst St., in a busy but generally quiet strip shopping center at the corner of Yorktown Avenue.
NEWS
February 15, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A 20-year-old freshman accused of murdering two fellow deaf students at Gallaudet University admitted in a videotaped confession that robbery was the reason he stabbed one classmate to death and fatally beat the other, prosecutors said. Joseph M. Mesa Jr. of Guam was ordered held without bond after an appearance in District of Columbia Superior Court. "There is substantial probability that Mr. Mesa committed these murders," said the hearing commissioner, J.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2001 | From Associated Press
Cary Stayner had planned to kill for months before he acted on his fantasy and targeted three Yosemite National Park tourists staying at the motel where he worked. Stayner blocked his ears and wept Wednesday as his taped confession was played at his preliminary hearing in Mariposa Superior Court. After hearing the confession and other evidence over two days, Judge Thomas Hastings found there was enough evidence to warrant a trial for the three 1999 murders. Stayner will be arraigned July 16.
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