LeT operative David Headley’s deposition continues today
Headley has been convicted in the US for his role in the 26/11 strike that killed 166 people. He is serving a 35-year prison sentence in that country.india Updated: Mar 26, 2016 06:52 IST
Pakistani-American terrorist David Coleman Headley, 55, continues his testimony to an anti-terrorism court on Saturday.
The Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative-turned approver in the 2008 Mumbai attacks is being cross-examined via a video-link from the US.
Headley has been convicted in the US for his role in the 26/11 strike that killed 166 people. He is serving a 35-year prison sentence in that country.
An Indian court has pardoned Headley on the condition that he will reveal “every fact” regarding the conspiracy behind the attacks, which India believes were orchestrated from Pakistan.
Eight years ago, ten Pakistani terrorists went on the rampage in India’s financial hub over a period of three days in November.
India blames the attack on LeT. Mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and six others were arrested in Pakistan and charged with planning, financing and facilitating the attacks.
Their trial has dragged on at a snail’s pace since 2009 and Lakhvi was released on bail in April. The lack of progress in the trial has become a key irritant in bilateral relations.
Here’s what Headley has said so far:
1) Headley says he has hated India since December 1971 when his school was bombed by fighter planes during a war with Pakistan that saw the creation of Bangladesh. He joined LeT to avenge the bombings.
2) Headley says Yousuf Raza Gilani, who was Pakistan’s Prime Minister in 2008, visited his home to condole his father’s death within weeks of the 26/11 attacks.
3) His father, who was a director general with Pakistan Radio, knew about Headley’s links with the LeT but was not happy because of the association.
4) Headley says attempts were made to trade Israeli hostages in Mumbai in return for the release of Ajmal Kasab, the only Pakistani terrorist nabbed alive after the Mumbai attacks.
5) He says LeT tried to kill Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray but the assassin was caught, though he slipped out of police custody.
6) Headley says he “arranged” a fund-raising programme for the Shiv Sena in the US and planned to invite Thackeray.
7) He has said Maharashtra resident Ishrat Jahan was a member of LeT’s female wing, igniting a row over a controversial 2004 police shootout that killed the 19-year-old woman.