David Headley to be sentenced on Jan 17

Published: 30 November, 2012 08:23 IST | Agencies |

The key plotter for the 2008 Mumbai attack is expected to be sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole by a Chicago court

A US national who used his western appearance to carry out surveillance ahead of the deadly 2008 Mumbai siege will be sentenced on January 17.

David Coleman Headley, (52) admitted to 12 terror charges in March 2010 after prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty or to extradite him to India, Pakistan or Denmark to face related charges.

Mumbai burnt: David Headley carried out several surveillance trips to Mumbai and passed on the information to the LeT that carried out the 26/11 attacks. File Pic

He is expected to be sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole. The terror attacks in Mumbai claimed 166 lives. The United States came under fire in India for reaching the deal with Headley, but prosecutors said it was well worth it given the valuable intelligence he provided to avoid a possible death sentence.

Headley also testified against his childhood friend, the Pakistan-born Chicago businessman Tahawwur Hussain Rana, who was convicted on two terrorism charges last year.

Rana (51) faces up to 30 years in jail for helping Pakistan militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba plan an attack on a Danish newspaper that sparked outrage by publishing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

However, a jury found there was insufficient evidence that Rana was involved in the Mumbai attacks, even though Headley described how he had used Rana’s immigration services business as a cover. Rana will be sentenced on January 15.

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