26/11 Terror Attacks: David Headley To Testify Before TADA Court Via Video Conference

20/11/2015 8:19 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2009, file courtroom drawing David Coleman Headley, appears before U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber in federal court in Chicago. Headley, accused of scouting out the Indian city of Mumbai for a 2008 terrorist attack and plotting to attack a Danish newspaper, pleaded not guilty during a court appearance Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Verna Sadock, File)

WASHINGTON -- Pakistani-American LeT terrorist and 26/11 terrorist attacks convict David Coleman Headley would testify before a TADA court in Mumbai through video conference, his attorney indicated today.

"I have seen the reports (about TADA court asking that he be produced via video-conference on December 10. Mr Headley will comply with the terms of his plea agreement, which is a public document," John T Theis told PTI.

Under the guilty plea which he entered in March 2019, Headley agreed that, when directed by the US Attorney's Office, he will fully and truthfully testify in any foreign judicial proceedings held in the US by way of deposition, video-conferencing or letters rogatory.

Headley is currently serving 35 years in an American prison after being convicted of being involved in the planning and execution of the Mumbai terrorist attacks on November 26, 2008 in which 166 persons were killed.

As per the guilty plea, now it is up to the US Department of Justice to issue such a direction to Headley to testify before the TADA court in Mumbai.

Under the guilty plea, Headley agreed that, when directed by the United States Attorney's Office, he will fully and truthfully participate in any debriefings for the purpose of gathering intelligence or national security information.

Headley further agreed that, "when directed by the United States Attorney's Office, he will fully and truthfully testify in any foreign judicial proceedings held in the United States by way of deposition, videoconferencing or letters rogatory."

Headley also agreed to the postponement of his sentencing until after the conclusion of his cooperation.

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