26/11 terrorist David Headley's lawyer dismisses attack on him in prison

26/11 terrorist David Headley's lawyer dismisses attack on him in prison

Courtesy : NJ team26/07/2018 07:59

 The lawyer of Pakistani-American terrorist David coleman Headley has denied that the 2008 Mumbai terror attack accused was attacked in a prison saying he is neither in Chicago nor in hospital. Dismissing reports that Headley was battling for his life in Chicago after being beaten by inmates at a detention centre, his lawyer said he was in regular communication with the terrorist. 

"Although I cannot disclose his location, he is neither in chicago nor in a hospital," John Theis, Headley's lawyer, told PTI.

Media reports had said that Headley was attacked by two inmates at a Chicago prison on July 8 and that he was rushed to North Evanston hospital, where he was admitted to the critical care unit.

 "I am in regular communication with Mr. Headley. There is no basis for the report in the Indian press," Theis said.

He has been sentenced to 35 years in prison by a US court for the 2008 terrorist attack on Mumbai that killed more than 160 people. Headley who recced various Indian cities including Mumbai before the 26/11 attacks was arrested in 2009. On Monday, US authorities refused to comment on the reports."We are not able to locate information about this individual," the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago said in a brief email response to PTI when asked about the reported prison incident. 

US Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster on Tuesday refused to answer a question on Headley and walked away from reporters when confronted. 

In 2015, a Mumbai court had pardoned the Lashkar operative, who had surveyed targets for the 26/11 attacks, and made him an approver in the case. 

 Headley reportedly visited India five times between 2006 and 2008, drew maps, took video footage and scouted several targets for the attacks including the Taj Hotel, Oberoi Hotel and Nariman House. His reconnaissance provided vital information to the 10 LeT terrorists and their handlers, who launched the attack on November 26, 2008, in which 166 people were killed, including many foreigners. The Mumbai police, in their application to make him an accused, had said that as per the judgement passed by the US court, it was clear that Headley was a member of LeT and had played an active role in the conspiracy of the attack.

Headley had committed the offences of conspiring with LeT for committing illegal acts in India, waging war against the government of India and offences under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, the police said.He has also been accused of intentionally aiding and abetting the LeT in Pakistan for committing illegal acts in Mumbai, mischief by fire with intent to destroy Hotel Taj, Oberoi and Nariman House, offences under Explosives Act and Explosives Substances Act as also under the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act.


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