BJP demands Headley's extradition

Last Updated: Fri, Jan 25, 2013 08:50 hrs

New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Friday said the sentence handed over to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative David Headley by a US court was a "partial judgment" and demanded his extradition to India to face trial.

A day after the Pakistani American was sentenced to 35 years imprisonment by the Chicago court for his role in the 26/11 terror attack, BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said :"The 35 years imprisonment handed down to Headley is perhaps for the death of six Americans killed on Indian soil. Over 145 people were brutally massacred in Mumbai, what about them?"

She said that the 35-year prison term by the US is a "partial judgement".

"The conviction has to take place in India. The US judgement is a partial judgement. It is a judgement based on US laws for US citizens, who were killed in India.

"BJP wants justice for all those who were killed in India. It is only possible when Headley is brought to India to be tried by our courts," Rudy said.

David Headley, 52, who played a key role in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, is a Washington-born son of a Pakistani diplomat and an American mother.

"One of the accused in 26/11 was Kasab who was caught, convicted and hung. There was death penalty given to him, so Headley should be brought to India to be tried by our courts, as the act of violence and crime was committed on Indian soil," Rudy added.

Under a plea deal, US prosecutors "had agreed not to seek the death penalty against him and to not extradite him to Pakistan, India or Denmark for the offences to which he pleaded guilty".

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