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Was Headley an FBI informer?

world Updated: Dec 15, 2009 17:00 IST

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Pakistani-American David Coleman Headley, a LeT operative charged with criminal conspiracy in the 26/11 terror attacks, was arrested twice before on drug charges but was released early as he was a "good informant" in unearthing of some of the major drug cartels.

Headley was arrested on October 3 by the FBI and has been charged for being involved in the Mumbai terror attacks, in which 166 people were killed.

The 49-year-old Chicago resident, who worked as an informant to federal prosecutors at least twice as a result of which his sentence was reduced, has again turned out an informant for FBI this time.

The FBI charge-sheet filed against Headley gives an indication of it, in which the federal prosecutors say that he is cooperating in the investigation.

Court records indicate that Headley, earlier known as Dawood Gilani, was arrested twice on drug charges and on both the occasions, his sentence was reduced and was able to leave the jail early as he turned out to be a good informant to the drug enforcement agencies and helped them in unearthing of some of the major drug cartels.

Given the strong case against him in Mumbai attacks, Headley is unlikely to come out of the jail and faces death penalty. "But by talking this time, Headley might escape the death penalty," Philadelphia Inquirer said.