NEW DELHI (News Desk) – Former agent of American Federal Bureau Investigation (FBI) and an alleged operative of banned Lashkar-e-Taiba, Mr David Headley, will be produced before an Indian court as a ‘prosecution witness’ via video conference from an undisclosed location in United States on February 8 next year.
According to New Delhi based The Hindu, the Mumbai session court has offered Headley a conditional pardon if he truthfully discloses the details of Mumbai terror attacks which were allegedly planned and executed by the operatives of Lashkar-e-Taiba.
David Headly had previously conceded the charges leveled against him ‘to his personal capacity’ before a US court where a case for the same crime resulted in 35 years imprisonment for him. He repeated the same confessional statement before Indian court as well during a hearing through video conference.
The court judge GA Sanap told Headly after his statement that he is now in the custody of the court and he should now cooperate with the investigation officials.
Another alleged operative of Lashkar-e-Taiba Abu Jundal was also presented before the court through video conference however the hearing was adjourned after half an hour on the request of special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam.
Another case for the same charges is also underway in Pakistan where Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, the alleged planner of Mumbai attacks, and Hafiz Saeed of Jamaat-ud-Dawa, which is registered as a welfare organisation in Pakistan, are facing the trial. However none of the both is under custody now.