David Headley named ac­cused in 26/11 case in Mum­bai court

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MUM­BAI/NEW DELHI:

A ses­sions court in Mum­bai on Wed­nes­day named Pak­istan-born US na­tional David Coleman Headley an ac­cused in the 26/11 Mum­bai terror at­tacks case, and di­rected he be pro­duced be­fore it via video con­fer­ence on De­cem­ber 10.

Headley was the Lashkar-e-Taiba’s re­con­nais­sance man in Mum­bai, where he scouted tar­gets dur­ing seven vis­its be­tween 2006 and 2008 that helped the Pak­istan-based group ter­rorise the city in Novem­ber 2008. The at­tacks by 10 gun­men left 166 peo­ple dead.

In 2013, Headley was sen­tenced to 35 years in prison by a US court un­der a plea bar­gain deal. A team from the Na­tional In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency (NIA) had trav­elled to the US in 2010 to ques­tion him months af­ter his ar­rest. In­dia’s premier anti-terror agency hopes to talk to him again and has asked US au­thor­i­ties for ac­cess, sources told HT.

The Mum­bai court re­cently framed charges against Syed Zabi­ud­din An­sari alias Abu Jun­dal who, ac­cord­ing to po­lice, was present in the Pak­istan con­trol room that guided the 26/11 at­tack­ers and taught them Marathi.

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