After translator is found, Indian workers tell court their confessions were extracted by police after severe beatings.
17 facing death penalty deny knowing deceased
Their answers were all similar: one after the other denied any knowledge of the deceased and denied being involved in a bootlegging operation that allegedly led to the man's death. They also told the judge they had never spoken to a public prosecutor and all the confessions were extracted from them by police after severe beatings. After hearings from the accused, the judge asked the lawyers to make their requests. A lawyer, Mohammed Salman, who is representing 16 of the accused, asked the judge to summon to court the forensic scientist who examined the crime scene.
He also asked the court for an explanation from the public prosecution department of how their case had been made without ever talking to the accused. "Prosecutors are supposed to conduct their own independent investigations, not copy and paste that of police," he said. The next hearing is set for September 29. email@example.com