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26/11 accused David Headley deposes before Mumbai court: His revelations so far

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 5:36 IST

The deposition of David Coleman Headley began before a special Mumbai court on Monday. Headley, a main accused in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, is currently serving a 35-year sentence in the US.

Headley has turned an approver in the case and has been pardoned by the Court. He appeared before the Mumbai court, testifying through video conferencing - as India has failed to extradite him from the US, where he is undergoing a prison sentence of 35 years.

He made a number revelations detailing the sequence of events and planning behind the 26/11 terror attacks. He said he was a follower of Lashkar-e-Toiba and that he had visited India a number of times after the Mumbai attacks. Here are his statements:

1. "I was a true follower of Lashkar-e-Toiba".

2. "Sajid Mir of Lashkar-e-Toiba was my main contact".

3. "After I changed my name, I disclosed this information to my colleague Sajid Mir of LeT".

4. "Sajid Mir wanted me to set up a business or an office in India".

5. "After I changed my name, within few weeks I visited Pakistan".

6. "I changed my name so that I could enter India. I wanted to enter India with an American name".

7. "Sajid Mir (LeT) specified object of his intention before my first visit to India".

8. "Sajid Mir (LeT) asked me to take general video of Mumbai city".

9. "After receiving a new passport I visited India eight times, out of eight times I visited Mumbai seven times".

10. "My seven visits to India were directly from Pakistan and one from UAE".

11. "After 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks I visited India on 7 March 2009 - I flew from Lahore to Delhi".

12. "All details except place of birth, date of birth, mother's nationality and passport number were incorrect in my visa application".

Headley is also scheduled to depose on 9 February. This is a developing story and will be updated as information pours in.


First published: 8 February 2016, 10:34 IST