David Headley Says Tahawwur Rana Knew About His Association With LeT

23/03/2016 12:28 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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FILE- In this Dec. 9, 2009 file courtroom drawing shows David Coleman Headley, left, pleads not guilty before U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber in Chicago to charges that accuse him of conspiring in the deadly 2008 terrorist attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai and of planning to launch an armed assault on a Danish newspaper. (AP Photo/Verna Sadock, File)

MUMBAI -- Following his cross-examination, 26/11 operative David Coleman Headley on Wednesday revealed that Tahawwur Rana, his associate and a Pakistani native who operated an immigration business in Chicago, was aware that he was an operative of the terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

Headley's cross examination began at the Mumbai sessions court.

Abdul Wahab Khan, the lawyer of Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal who is one of the prime accused in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, is cross-examining Headley in the presence of Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam.

Here are some developments of the cross-examination.

  • Headley said that Tahawwur Rana knew about his association with the LeT.
  • Headley rescued himself from answering any questions pertaining to his wife Shazia Gilani.
  • To this the defence lawyer objected and said that he is running away from answering questions but prosecutor said that no one can be forced to give statement against his own wife as per law of privileged communication in evidence act.
  • To this, the court asked for more citation of law and then it will decide whether Wahab Khan can ask questions related to Headley's wife Shazia or not.
  • Headley said Rana was not in touch with the LeT.
  • When Wahab Khan asked him about referring from some documents while answering questions of prosecutor, Headley said that he referred to his testimony before the Chicago Court in May 2011 for some 30 to 40 times approximately.
  • During his statement to prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam, he warned him not to switch off his mike during his cross examination as he did on previous occasions during his examination by the prosecutor.
  • Headley admits that before this conviction also, he had been convicted twice for drug smuggling in the US courts.

This is a developing story. More details to follow.

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