`Headley`s statement to US will have little value`

Pakistani authorities had told US officials that the statements given by David Headley to American investigative agencies would not carry any value in Pakistan`s courts.

Last Updated: Dec 01, 2010, 13:26 PM IST

Washington: Pakistani authorities had told US
officials that the statements given by David Headley, the 2008
Mumbai terror attacks suspect, to American investigative
agencies would not carry any value in Pakistan`s courts and
would be treated as "hearsay with little evidentiary" value.

The secret US cable, leaked by WikiLeaks, dated February
22, 2010 and issued by the US Embassy in Islamabad says that
Pakistan is "slow" in taking action against all those involved
in the Mumbai terrorist attacks that killed more than 160
people, including six American nationals.

The classified cable confirms India`s long assertion
that Islamabad is not serious in taking action against those
involved in the Mumbai terrorist attacks.

"The FIA (Federal Investigative Agency) and Ministry
of Interior (of Pakistan) informed the FBI that it would be
difficult to introduce Headley-related evidence in the
government`s prosecution of the Mumbai defendants, including
because Headley`s statements to US authorities would be
treated as hearsay with little evidentiary value in court,"
says the cable signed off by the US Ambassador to Pakistan
Anne Patterson.

"In December, an FBI-DOJ team briefed Pakistani
officials from the ISI, Ministry of Interior, FIA, IB, and MFA
on the David Coleman Headley investigation, providing them
with tear-line information on Headley`s statements to US
authorities," it said.

"ISI officials said they had very little information
to identify the Pakistanis mentioned in the statements. They
discussed their investigation into First World Immigration
Service, a business front used by Headley and his co-
conspirators.

"The ISI said while they would not grant direct FBI
access to co-conspirator Major (retd) Abdurrehman Syed, who
was in its custody, the FBI could submit questions for Syed
through the ISI," it said.
"Pakistan`s prosecution of the seven suspects it
arrested in the Mumbai case is proceeding, though at a
slow pace. The defence lawyers have aggressively filed motions
challenging varying aspects of the case," the cable said.
On November 25 (2009), an anti-terrorism court finally
framed the charges against the seven defendants, allowing the
court proceedings, which are being held in camera, to move to
the trial phase, it said, adding that four FBI expert
witnesses are expected to be called to testify for the
prosecution.

Bureau Report