David Headley, the Mumbai attacks co-accused, told a Chicago court that he gave more than US$100,000 to co-conspirator Tahawwur Rana, indicating that he kept all his illegal money with his long-time friend and perhaps was an investor in his business.
Headley said this money was given to Rana spread over several years and he got this money from his father's cash, profit from the illegal trade in heroin.
He was testifying in a court here on the fourth-day of the trial of Pakistani-Canadian Rana, another co-accused in the case. The statements formed part of the testimony of Headley, who has pleaded guilty.
Headley told the court that he had access to Rana’s account, which even Rana’s wife did not have. While Pasha’s father was a Major in the Pakistan Army, his father was a senior diplomat.
In fact, Headley told the court that the then Prime Minister of Pakistan came to the funeral of his father, reflecting the important position of his family in the Pakistani society.
Major Iqbal told Headley to keep low
Mumbai attack co-accused David Headley was asked by Major Iqbal, his handler in Pakistan’s intelligence agency, to lay low after the carnage and not to contact him as there was intense pressure and increased international surveillance of their activities post 26/11.
Sometime in February 2009, Headley, who has been accused of being involved in the planning of November 2008 Mumbai attack, met Major Iqbal in Lahore who informed him that the investigation into 26/11 was intense.
Headley during the ongoing trial of 26/11 co-accused Tawahhur Rana this week said Major Iqbal was a serving officer in the ISI. Iqbal has been indicted by US federal prosecutors for his alleged involvement in Mumbai attack.
Pakistan has strongly refuted allegations of ISI involvement.
“Major Iqbal instructed Headley to remove any incriminating materials from his house, and to avoid contact with him,” says the government’s Santiago Proffer, which was unsealed this week.