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David Headley lawyer says he is going to testify in 26/11 Mumbai attack case . Did he really has a choice?

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 20 November 2015, 14:42 IST

Pakistani-American Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist and 26/11 Mumbai attacks convict David Coleman Headley will testify next month before a TADA court in Mumbai through video conferencing, his attorney said on 19 November.

"I have seen the reports about the TADA court asking that he be produced via video-conference on December 10. Mr Headley will comply with the terms of his plea agreement, which is a public document," Headley's attorney John T Theis told PTI.

Under the guilty plea which he entered, Headley agreed that when directed by the US Attorney's Office, he would fully and truthfully testify in any foreign judicial proceedings held in the US by way of deposition, video-conferencing or letters rogatory.

Headley also agreed to the postponement of his sentencing until after the conclusion of his cooperation. Headley is currently serving 35 years in an American prison after being convicted of involvement in the planning and execution of the Mumbai terrorist attacks on November 26, 2008 in which 166 persons were killed.

Headley is bound to cooperate with the investigation. He told a Chicago court in 2013 that he agreed to the postponement of his sentencing until after the conclusion of his cooperation. The testimony in the TADA court, therefore, the only way forward for the terrorist.

He visited India five times between 2006 and 2008. Headley created maps and took video footage of several of the attack sites. This information was used by Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists to execute the Mumbai attacks on November 26, 2008.

(with inputs from news agencies)


First published: 20 November 2015, 14:42 IST
 
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