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Rana lawyers allege Headley used him

David Coleman Headley, co-accused in the Mumbai terror attacks, lied to the law enforcement agencies and implicated Tawahhur Hussain Rana in the plot in a bid to save his life, defence attorneys said today.

world Updated: Jun 02, 2011 00:47 IST

David Coleman Headley, co-accused in the Mumbai terror attacks, lied to the law enforcement agencies and implicated Tawahhur Hussain Rana in the plot in a bid to save his life, defence attorneys said on Wednesday.

Headley, 50, a Pakistani-American, has been cross-examined by defence lawyers of Rana, a 26/11 co-accused who is standing trial at a Chicago court here after being slapped with a dozen charges in connection with the Mumbai attacks, in which 166 persons were killed.

The defence lawyers said Headley lived multiple lives and used Rana over the years. Rana and Headley, both 50-years-old, met as teenagers at a Pakistani military school.

“Headley used Dr Rana from an early age and he’s a criminal. He had no friends. He had only himself,” Charlie Swift, another lawyer of Rana, said.

“...Headley is a spider who spins the web so that everything works his way,” Swift added.