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US court likely to make ISI-LeT evidence public

Links between Pakistani spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence and Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba are likely to be laid bare with the district court, conducting the Mumbai attack trial in the US, ordering release of some sealed documents on 26/11.

world Updated: May 26, 2011 01:30 IST
Agencies and HT
Agencies and HT

Links between Pakistan's ISI and Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), blamed for the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, are likely to be made public.

US district court judge Harry Leinenweber, conducting the 26/11 trial here, ordered the release of more than a dozen sealed documents presented in court as evidence by the prosecution.

The order came on a plea by The Chicago Tribune newspaper, which sought public access to documents presented during the trial of Pakistan-born Canadian Tahawwur Rana for providing material support to the LeT.

The documents on ISI-LeT links haven't yet been made available to anyone. Some of them have not been given even to Rana's attorneys.

Meanwhile, Indian officials said in Addis Ababa on the sideline of the India-Africa summit that Pakistan has "much to answer for" in the wake of the confession of David Headley, a co-accused-turned-prosecution witness, about the ISI's role.

"Whatever Headley has said strengthens our suspicions about ISI's role in the Mumbai attack and in aiding anti-India outfits and promoting hate campaign against India," sources said.

Earlier, Headley testified that Rana praised the attacks, saying, "Tactically, this was done brilliantly".

First Published: May 25, 2011 21:59 IST