Prosecutors seek less sentence for Headley

Last Updated: Wed, Jan 23, 2013 06:37 hrs

American federal prosecutors on Tuesday pleaded for 30-35 years of jail imprisonment for David Headley, accused of playing the key role in the 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai that snatched the lives of more than 160 people.

David HeadleyAccording to a Chicago Tribune report, Headley´s extraordinary cooperation was recognized by prosecutors who recommended he be sentenced to 30 to 35 years in prison despite his essential role in the Mumbai attack.

The 52-year-old Pakistani-American pleaded guilty to several charges that accused him of conducting scouting missions three days ahead of the Mumbai attack.

The charges are likely to pronounce a maximum sentence of life in prison for Headley, but the U.S. prosecutors have reportedly filed documents in U.S. District Court in Chicago urging for leniency.

According to the prosecutors´ filing quoted in American media, Headley should be credited for "the significant value provided by his immediate and extensive cooperation" following his arrest in 2009.

Headley reportedly provided "insight into the personnel, structure, methods, abilities and plans" of Lashkar-e-Taiba, that carried out the attack.

He also testified against the Chicago-based businessman Tahawwur Rana, convicted of providing support to the group and backing a failed plot to attack a Danish newspaper after it published depictions of the Prophet Muhammad.

Prosecutors backed the leniency in punishment owing to the fact that Headley not only revealed meticulous information about the attack, but also suggested where the terrorists made the shelter in Mumbai, that made the assault even more deadly.

The filing also included the way Headley agreed to talk almost everything immediately after his arrest at O´Hare International Airport in Chicago, even after he was warned that his answers could lead to his conviction for crimes that ensures death penalty.

His sentencing hearing is scheduled for Thursday, however his attorneys are yet to file their response.

Under his 2010 deal with prosecutors, Headley agreed to plead guilty and aid in exchange of information for a commitment that he would not be sentenced to death penalty or be extradited to India.

Meanwhile, reports said US has ruled out extraditing Headley to India.

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