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'Process of granting access to Headley is moving forward'

india Updated: May 30, 2010 15:18 IST
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The lawyer of David Headley, accused of helping LeT terrorists to execute the Mumbai attacks, has said the process of granting access to Indian authorities to the Pakistani-American is "moving forward" and there is no change in the intention to cooperate with them.

"The process (of providing Indian investigators access to Headley) is moving forward. There is no change in our intention to cooperate with Indian authorities" and provide access, Headley's lawyer John Theis told PTI in Chicago.

These remarks came as Indian investigators on Sunday leave for US to interrogate 59-year-old Headley.

Theis, however, said he would not comment on any specific details of such an access and "would not be able to share specific information at this point" as to when and for how long the team from India can question Headley.

Randall Samborn, spokesperson for the US Attorney's office here, declined to comment when and how the access would take place.

A four-member team of Indian investigators will interrogate Headley, who has pleaded guilty to his role in the Mumbai attacks and in turn has avoided the death penalty and extradition to India.

Sources in India said three officers of National Investigation Agency (NIA) and a law officer would travel to Chicago, where Headley is held in the federal lock-up Metropolitan Correctional Centre and are expected to interrogate Headley next week.

The team is being sent following a communication from the US Justice Department that all concerned officials and the lawyer of Headley will be available during the visit of the Indian team to facilitate their access to Headley.