U.S. man who aided Mumbai plotters sentenced to 35 years in prison

CHICAGO Thu Jan 24, 2013 2:17pm EST

The landing site that U.S. citizen David Headley located for the Pakistani militants who carried out the 2008 assault on Mumbai, is seen in this undated handout photo provided by the U.S. Attorney's office. REUTERS/U.S. Attorney's Office/Handout

The landing site that U.S. citizen David Headley located for the Pakistani militants who carried out the 2008 assault on Mumbai, is seen in this undated handout photo provided by the U.S. Attorney's office.

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CHICAGO (Reuters) - David Headley, an American who admitted scouting targets for the 2008 Islamic militant raid on Mumbai and later agreed to testify against the plotters to avoid the death penalty, was sentenced on Thursday to 35 years in prison.

The sentence, handed down by U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber, was the maximum sought by federal prosecutors.

The attacks killed more than 160 people, including six Americans. Headley, a 52-year-old U.S. citizen of Pakistani descent, admitted videotaping sites that were targeted by the Mumbai attackers.

He was arrested in 2009 and pleaded guilty to 12 charges, including conspiracy to bomb places of public use and commit murder and plotting an attack on a Danish newspaper.

After entering his plea in 2010, Headley cooperated with U.S. investigators and foreign intelligence agencies to avoid the death penalty and extradition to India, Pakistan or Denmark, agreeing to testify in foreign judicial proceedings, the government said.

In a memorandum filed with Judge Leinenweber earlier this week, the government said "there is little question that life imprisonment would be an appropriate punishment for Headley's incredibly serious crimes but for the significant value provided by his immediate and extensive cooperation."

Last week, Judge Leinenweber sentenced Pakistani-born businessman Tahawwur Rana to 14 years in federal prison for providing support to the Lashkar-e-Taiba, the group blamed for the Mumbai attacks.

(Reporting by James B. Kelleher; Editing by Cynthia Johnston)

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Comments (3)
MyScreen1 wrote:
What a reporting…’group blamed for the Mumbai attacks.’ they are not blamed..it’s proved beyond doubt that they have Orchestrated this Heinous crime.. So why do not the west accept it and report it accordingly.. Do they report same way even when a group is blamed for any such attacks on the west.. They immediately tag them as terrorists.. The blood color is red everywhere.. it is not blue on the west and black on the east..

Jan 24, 2013 2:34pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Global-Guy wrote:
I kind of wish this article would not refer to these killers as ‘Islamic Militant’. Quite honestly, this is a prejudiced remark.

Why not refer to the Norway killer as a ‘Christian militant’ or the numerous killers in the States going on crazy killing rampages as militants of their respective religions?

The media’s fear-mongering against Islam and making Muslims look like individuals only capable of killing and causing mayhem needs to be toned down.

Jan 24, 2013 2:54pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Lowell_Thinks wrote:
@Global Guy

The difference is that these terrorist are motivated by a religion that commands its followers to kill non-believers. All muslims are at the very least in silent collusion. The world is simply calling it as they see it.

Jan 24, 2013 7:03pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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