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Four men were found guilty on Tuesday of gang-raping and murdering a student on a New Delhi bus last December in a case that sickened India and led to tougher anti-rape laws.
NEW DELHI: Four men were found guilty on Tuesday of gang-raping and murdering a student on a New Delhi bus last December in a case that sickened India and led to tougher anti-rape laws.
Judge Yogesh Khanna announced: "I convict all of the accused. They have been found guilty of gang rape, unnatural offences, destruction of evidence.. and for committing the murder of the helpless victim."
Arguments for sentencing will begin on September 11, he announced.
The four accused - Mukesh Singh, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Akshay Kumar Singh - face a possible death penalty when they are sentenced.
The defendants were briefly brought in to the court and then taken away by police.
At least three of the four men convicted will appeal the guilty verdicts, lawyers said Tuesday.
V.K. Anand, defence lawyer for Mukesh Singh, told reporters outside the courtroom: "My client was simply driving the bus. He confessed fairly that he was driving the bus but he did not know what went on inside."
A.P. Singh, defence lawyer for Akshay Thakur and Vinay Sharma, called the convictions "political" and said he would appeal on behalf of both of them.
"We will now go to the High Court with our appeal," he told reporters. "This is a political conviction."
The lawyer for the fourth convict, Pawan Gupta, could not be immediately reached for comment.