Counsel for Tahawwur Hussain Rana, accused of the Mumbai terror attacks, said in a US court that there was no indication that India had stopped requesting the extradition of David Coleman Headley, another accused in the attacks. Rana (69) is a childhood friend of Headley. India has requested his extradition due to his involvement in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack. 166 people, including six Americans, were killed in this attack. Rana has been declared a fugitive in India.
Rana is opposing the request to extradite himself to India. Earlier this week in front of US District Judge Jacqueline Kelonian in Los Angeles, Rana’s lawyer claimed that there was no indication yet that India had agreed not to request Headley’s extradition. The court has been told, “India may have agreed to stop requesting his extradition in return for aid given to America by Headley, but there is no indication in the record.”
Rana’s lawyers said, “According to the Indian prosecutor serving as a government expert – the current opinion is specifically related to the extradition request of fugitive Tahawwur Hussain Rana.” This opinion should not in any way be considered an indication that the request for extradition to various sovereign countries has been stopped, including the request for extradition of David Coleman Headley, accused number one in the above case.
The Pakistani-American terrorist Headley of Lashkar-e-Taiba was involved in plotting the Mumbai terror attacks. He was made an official witness in the case and is currently serving a 35-year sentence in a US prison for his role in the attack. Rana has called Headley a liar in the court. He said Headley lied to federal agents, judges and prosecutors in these cases.
After the first conviction in the heroin case (which was reduced due to his cooperation), he again promised not to trade heroin, but then indulged in it. He said that he went to Pakistan without permission and disobeyed the direction of the agents.