Had no per­sonal knowl­edge about Ishrat, says Headley

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Charul Shah charul.shah@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: Pak­istani-Amer­i­can ter­ror­ist David Cole­man Headley told a court on Satur­day that he had “no per­sonal knowl­edge” about Ishrat Ja­han. Headley had told the court last month that Ishrat — a 19- year- old col­lege stu­dent from Mum­bra who was killed along with three oth­ers in an al­leged fake en­counter in Gu­jarat in 2004 — had been work­ing for Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

How­ever, on Satur­day, he said, “It would be cor­rect to say that I have no per­sonal knowl­edge about Ishrat Ja­han.”

Headley also told the court that Na­tional In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency (NIA) had made sev­eral er­rors and omis­sions in his state­ment. He claimed the agency, af­ter record­ing his state­ment in the US in June 2010, had not read it back to him.

On the fourth day of his c ross- ex­am­i­na­tion be­fore ad­di­tional ses­sions judge GA Sanap, ac­cused-turned-ap­prover Headley was ques­tioned about a por­tion of his state­ment re­lat­ing to Ishrat, which he de­nied hav­ing said. Asked why cer­tain in­for­ma­tion he claimed to have given in­ter­roga­tors was miss­ing from his state­ment, Headley said he had told the NIA ev­ery­thing in 2010 and didn’t know why some of the in­for­ma­tion wasn’t in­cluded.


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