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