Murders of Marad: two others convicted

On Friday, the Special District Additional Sessions Court (Marad Cases) found guilty two of the remaining defendants in the massacre of nine fishermen in the village of Marad on May 2, 2003.

The defendants, Anangadi Kuttichentepurayil Koyamon alias Hydroskutty, and Kalluvencheveettil Nizamudeen, were tried separately because they had fled when the trial took place earlier.

Special Judge KS Ambika will pronounce the quantum of the sentence on November 23.

Koyamon was charged with making homemade bombs while Nizamudeen was charged with involvement in the killings. Both were also part of the plot. Koyamon was arrested in his hiding place in South Beach on January 24, 2011. He fled to Hyderabad after the incident.

Nizamudeen, who was trying to flee to the Gulf, was arrested at Nedumbassery airport on October 16, 2010.

The accused were charged under Sections 120 (B), 143, 147, 148, 427, 448, 449, 324, 326, 307, 302, 435, 153 (A), 149 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code, section 27 of the Law on Weapons, Articles 3 and 5 of the Law on Explosive Substances and Articles 3, 4, 7 and 9 of the Law on Religious Institutions (Prevention of Abuse).

The special court had convicted 63 of the 148 defendants on January 15, 2009. Sixty-two people were sentenced to life imprisonment and one person to five terms of imprisonment. The Kerala High Court later upheld the life imprisonment of 24 other people.

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