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Headley to testify against Illyas Kashmiri,Sajid Mir

After the Rana trial,the 26/11 attacks accused will testify against his Pakistani handlers.

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 chief Ilyas Kashmiri and LeT’s Sajid Mir,who is charged with a lead role in the Mumbai plot, 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.

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“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.

First published on: 14-06-2011 at 11:34:51 am
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