Headley to testify against Illyas Kashmiri and Sajid Mir

Source : PTI
Last Updated: Tue, Jun 14, 2011 12:27 hrs
David Coleman Headley, Harry Leinenweber

Washington: David Headley, who has pleaded guilty to charges of his involvement in the Mumbai terror attacks, would testify against his Pakistani handlers, Illyas Kashmiri and Sajid Mir, a US attorney has said.

Headley will testify in any future prosecutions of fugitive masterminds such as al-Qaeda commander Ilyas Kashmiri and LeT's Sajid Mir, who is charged with a lead role in the Mumbai plot, Propublica.Com quoted US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald as saying.

Headley, a Pakistani-American, was the star witness in the recently concluded trial of Tahawwur Husain Rana, who was convicted by a Chicago court on two counts of terrorism related charges – participating in the conspiracy of terror attacks in Denmark and providing material support to Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Rana, 50, however, was found not guilty on charges related to the Mumbai terrorist attacks. He now faces a maximum jail sentence up to 30 years.

"Fitzgerald declined to discuss details of the case such as the politically sensitive decision to indict a suspected ISI officer who served as Headley's handler and is known only as Major Iqbal," ProPublica said.

At a news conference in Chicago last week, Fitzgerald vowed to bring the other six Pak-based defendants to justice who have been named in the indictment filed by federal prosecutors before the court.




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