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India 'most wanted' back in court
Abu Salem
Abu Salem says he fears for his life
One of India's most wanted men, Abu Salem, has been remanded in judicial custody by a court in Mumbai (Bombay).

A lawyer for the defendant urged top security for his client who feared "Hindu gangsters" might kill him.

Abu Salem is a prime suspect in the 1993 bombings in Mumbai that killed 250 people and is facing murder, extortion and kidnapping charges in other cases.

He and companion ex-Bollywood actress Monica Bedi were arrested in Portugal in 2002 and extradited this month.

Abu Salem had been in police custody since his return.


Judge PD Kode said the defendant should be moved to Arthur Road jail in central Mumbai.

The next hearing will be on 7 December.

No mention was made in court on Wednesday of Abu Salem's alleged confession to certain crimes.

Prosecutors lodged a sealed envelope, thought to contain the confession, with the court on Monday.

But defence lawyers say they suspect he may have confessed under duress and that their client maintained his innocence when they saw him on Sunday.

On Wednesday defence counsel Ashok Sarogi asked the judge for high security measures in prison for Abu Salem because his client had expressed fears for his life.

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