A US court docket has set February 12 because the date of listening to for extradition of Pakistani-origin Canadian businessman Tahawwur Rana, who has been declared a fugitive by India for his involvement within the 2008 Mumbai terror assault case.
Rana, 59, a childhood buddy of David Coleman Headley, was re-arrested on June 10 in Los Angeles on an extradition request by India for his involvement within the 2008 Mumbai terror assault during which 166 folks, together with six People, had been killed.
Rana was earlier arrested in October 2009 by US police quickly after Headley’s arrest at Chicago O’Hare airport.
US District Court docket Decide in Los Angeles Jacqueline Chelonian mentioned in her order on November 13 that the Extradition Listening to on this case is scheduled for February 12, 2021, at 10:00 am.
Rana has time until December 21 to file his opposition to the request for extradition. The USA Authorities could have one other months” time to file its reply.
In its movement on September 28, the US authorities supported Rana”s extradition to India the place he has been charged with the offenses of conspiracy to wage conflict, commit a terrorist act, the waging of conflict, the fee of homicide, and a terrorist act.
Rana, in his protection, has argued that the US’ resolution to not extradite his co-conspirator, David Headley, to India is inconsistent and bars his extradition.
Nevertheless, the US authorities argued in a different way “as a result of Headley fulfilled the required phrases, the plea settlement established that Headley wouldn’t be extradited to India,” mentioned US lawyer Nicola T Hanna.
“Rana’s state of affairs is completely different as a result of he neither pleaded responsible nor cooperated with the US. Consequently, can’t avail himself of the advantages afforded to Headley via his negotiated plea. Such a place is neither inconsistent nor a bar to extradition,” he mentioned.
In contrast to Rana, Headley instantly accepted accountability for his conduct and pleaded responsible to all the prices within the Superseding Indictment, Hanna mentioned. As per the plea settlement, the US agreed that it could not extradite Headley to India “for the foregoing offenses, together with conduct inside the scope of these offenses for which he has been convicted in accordance with this plea as long as he absolutely discloses all materials details regarding his function with respect to those offenses and abides by all different facets of this settlement.”
Pakistan-born Rana accomplished Military Medical Faculty there, and served within the Pakistani Military as a health care provider for greater than a decade, however finally abandoned.
He’s at the moment a Canadian citizen, however was a resident of Chicago the place he had a enterprise. Based on the court docket papers, he has additionally resided in and traveled to Canada, Pakistan, Germany and England and speaks seven languages.
Based on the federal prosecutors, between 2006 and November 2008, Rana conspired with Headley, also referred to as ”Daood Gilani”, and others in Pakistan to help Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Harakat ul-Jihad-e-Islami, each US-designated terrorist organisations, to plan and perform the Mumbai terrorist assaults.
Pakistani-American LeT terrorist Headley was concerned in plotting the 2008 Mumbai terror assault. He was made an approver within the case, and is at the moment serving a 35-year jail time period within the US for his function within the assault.
India seeks his arrest on a lot of offences, together with the conspiracy to commit homicide, conspiracy to commit forgery for the aim of dishonest, and homicide underneath related sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
The 2008 Mumbai assault was one of the horrific terrorist assaults in India during which 166 folks had been killed and over 300 injured as 10 heavily-armed terrorists from Pakistan created mayhem within the nation”s monetary capital.
Pakistani nationwide Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the lone terrorist captured alive, was hanged to loss of life on November 21, 2012.