India court finds man guilty of 2010 bakery blast

NEW DELHI (AP) - A court in India has convicted a man of murder for a bomb blast that killed 17 people three years ago at a popular bakery in western India.

The court on Monday also found Mirza Himayat Baig guilty of criminal conspiracy in the February 2010 blast at the German Bakery in the western Indian city of Pune.

The bakery was popular with foreign tourists and students and was crowded when it was attacked. Those killed included an Italian, an Iranian and two Sudanese.

Baig was arrested months after the explosion when police found a cache of explosives at his home. His lawyers insist he was not in Pune when the blast occurred.

Police said Baig had links to the banned Pakistan-based Islamist rebel group, Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Police say six other suspects involved in the conspiracy are still at large.

Baig’s attorney said his client was not in Pune when the blast occurred and that the men who planted the bomb at the bakery were absconding.

“We plan to appeal against this decision in the high court. Let them arrest the people who actually planted the bomb,” the lawyer, Abdul Rahman, said on Monday.  The court will announce Baig’s punishment on Thursday.