MUMBAI (AFP) An Indian judge on Thursday condemned to death Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, the sole surviving gunman from the 2008 Mumbai siege after a yearlong trial. Judge ML Tahaliyani imposed the death penalty against Kasab on four counts of murder, waging war against India, conspiracy and terrorism offences. He should be hanged by the neck until he is dead, he said. I dont find any case for a lesser punishment than death in the case of waging war against India, murder and terrorist acts. Kasab, 22, dressed in a traditional white tunic, sat with his head in his hands staring at the floor of the dock as the judge passed sentence, three days after his conviction on Monday. Tahaliyani said the evidence showed previous, meticulous and systematic planning of the atrocity, which left 166 people dead and hundreds injured. Brutality was writ large, he added, describing the offences as of exceptional depravity. Most of the time he covered his mouth with his hand. When judge ML Tahaliyani said he should be hanged, Kasab put both hands up to his ears. He was told to stand twice during proceedings, which lasted just under one hour and 15 minutes and took place under the whir of ceiling fans and low hum of air conditioning units in the special prison courtroom. Tahilyani asked him if he had anything to say about the offences. Kasab - who at the start of the trial a year ago appeared unfazed by the proceedings, laughing and joking with his now acquitted co-defendants - appeared to say nothing and did not even make eye contact. He then waved his right hand dismissively and sat back down, as if too tired to stand or talk. Just before the case was closed, Tahaliyani explained in Hindi: You have been given the death sentence for four offences: waging war against India, the murder of public officials and other murders, conspiracy and terrorist acts. This time, Kasab appeared to lean forward slightly against the wooden struts of the dock but said nothing and was taken back to his cell. Branded a killing machine and cruelty incarnate by the prosecution, Kasab was the only gunman caught alive in the 60-hour assault by 10 gunmen on luxury hotels, a railway station, a restaurant and Jewish centre. Observers say a lengthy, possibly open-ended, appeal through the Indian courts is likely. Indias government officially supports capital punishment for what the Supreme Court in New Delhi has called the rarest of rare cases but no execution has been carried out since 2004 and only two since 1998. Many pleas for clemency to the president are still pending, including ones from the killers of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, who was assassinated in 1991, and a Kashmiri who attacked Indias parliament in 2001. The case will automatically pass to Mumbais high court, which will review the sentence. Kasab can then appeal to the Supreme Court and ultimately ask for clemency from the president. I have not yet spoken to Kasab to discuss a future course of action. defence lawyer KP Pawar told reporters outside court. A nearby crowd chanted Victory to India while public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam flashed victory signs to the media and brandished a dossier showing Kasab behind an image of a giant noose. In light of the offences Kasab has committed, the sentence sends out a message to those who want to wage war against India, Foreign Minister SM Krishna told reporters in reaction. India wants Pakistan to convict the alleged masterminds of the assault from the banned group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). The groups founder, Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, and key operative Zarar Shah are currently on trial in Pakistan. India also blames Hafiz Saeed, head of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa charity, which is seen as a front for the LeT. We certainly will keep engaging Pakistan in light of the sentence, Krishna added.