Headley turns approver in Mumbai terror attack case

David Coleman Headley, Pakistani-American Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist  who played a major role in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks case, , was granted pardon by a Mumbai special court after he agreed  to become an approver  in 26/11 attack and a witness in the case against ther conspirators like  Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal.

Headley is serving a 35-year jail term in the US for his role as a conspirator in the 26/11 attacks.The next hearing is set for 8 February 2016.

The terms and conditions under which headley was pardoned includes he will have to disclose entire  criminal conspiracy behind the attacks as well as his role and those of others in it. His statement will be recorded by a TADA court on February 8, 2016.

With pleas for his extradition repeatedly denied, Headley (55) appeared before the court through video-conference from an undisclosed location in the United States where he is serving a 35-year jail term for his role in the attacks.
Ansari appeared on the screen first and Judge G A Sanap asked him if he could hear and see the court proceedings. “Ji sir,” he replied. Those would be Ansari’s only words all evening.

“I have received the charging document filed against me in this court. It charges me with same conduct for which I was charged in the US. I had pleaded guilty to the charges in the US and I admitted that I was participant in these charges,” Headley told the court.

“I have received the charging document filed against me in this court. It charges me with same conduct for which I was charged in the US (by the FBI). I had pleaded guilty to the charges in the US (court) and I admitted that I was participant in these charges (role 26/11 attacks),” Headley told the Special court earlier in the evening.

Disclosing to the court that he had confessed his role through a “plea bargain” to the US Government, Headley told the Special court, “I accepted responsibility for my role in those offences in my plea agreement (in US). I also agreed to make myself available as a witness in this court. I appear here ready to answer questions regarding these events if I receive a pardon from this court.”

Investigations have so far revealed that Headley visted India five times between 2006 and 2008, drew maps, took video footage  including the Taj Hotel, Oberoi Hotel and Nariman House.

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