2 Attackers Turn Informers in India Gang-Rape Case
First pre-trial hearing today
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 7, 2013 6:18 AM CST
In this Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 file photo, Indian women carry placards as they march to mourn the death of a gang rape victim in New Delhi, India.   (AP Photo/ Dar Yasin, File)

(Newser) – The five men accused of the brutal gang-rape and murder of an Indian student had their first court appearance today, Reuters reports, and they could end up facing different sentences. Two of the alleged rapists requested to be made informers against the others over the weekend, presumably in an effort to avoid the death penalty, the AP reports. Vinay Sharma and Pawan Gupta, who made the request, have already been charged with rape, murder, abduction, and other crimes along with Mukesh Kumar, Ram Singh, and Akshay Thakur. The trial and all pre-trial hearings will be closed to the media, a judge ruled today, as hundreds of journalists and other people waited outside the courthouse for news.

The men were believed to have still not found defense lawyers willing to represent them; a Supreme Court lawyer today offered representation and was booed by others in the courtroom. Today's proceeding will hear the charges against the men and likely end with the case being sent to a "fast-track" court (cases can take decades to wind their way through India's normal courts), with the trial commencing in the coming days. The sixth suspect is 17 and will thus be tried in juvenile court, where he faces a maximum sentence of three years. Over the weekend, the victim's father revealed her name, and the prosecutor announced that her blood was found on the suspects' clothes.

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Marelicia
Jan 8, 2013 2:53 AM CST
The trial and all pre-trial hearings will be closed to the media" "the case being sent to a "fast-track" court" " The sixth suspect is 17 and will thus be tried in juvenile court, where he faces a maximum sentence of three years." "Two of the alleged rapists requested to be made informers against the others over the weekend, presumably in an effort to avoid the death penalty, the AP reports." This fast-track court case, Abduction/Rape-to-Death/Murder trial, should be wide Open to the media and to the general public. The 17 year old kid/animal should be tried along with the 5 adult animals. There should be no plea Deals accepted from any suspect at all, including the 2 suspects requesting same without attorneys. All suspects deserve and should be sentenced to Death for their crimes, including the 17 year old suspect/animal.
hznfrst
Jan 7, 2013 10:19 AM CST
Don't execute them - keep them alive for years with daily beatings and rapes with a splintery broomstick! An eye for an eye, sez I.
SaturnGirl
Jan 7, 2013 9:03 AM CST
Seems like many lawyers have ethics over there and feel that the almighty dollar isn't worth everything. Wish more of our lawyers would feel this way about representing the worst of our worst!!!!