I funded Lashkar, was convicted twice in US for drug smuggling: David Headley

Following his deposition, a Special Court in Mumbai resumed the cross-examination of Lashkar-e-Toiba operative and 26/11 attacks case accused David Coleman Headley on Wednesday.

I funded Lashkar, was convicted twice in US for drug smuggling: David Headley

Mumbai: Following his deposition, a Special Court here resumed the cross-examination of Lashkar-e-Toiba operative and 26/11 attacks case accused David Coleman Headley on Wednesday.

Abdul Wahab Khan, the lawyer of Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, one of the prime accused in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, is cross-examining Headley in the presence of Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam.

Mumbai crime Branch chief Atul Kulkarni is also present in the court.

Here are the live updates: -

-David Headley cross-examination adjourned, will resume tomorrow morning at 7 am.

-David Headley says that he has given 60-70 lakhs (Pakistan currency) to LeT.

-Tahawwur Rana barred him from using his office for 26/11 conspiracy once he came to know about the conspiracy, says Headley.

-Headley admits that Directorate of Enforcement agency had funded his Pakistan visit between 1992-98.

-On repeated questions of the Defence lawyer about his LeT income, Headley said "I had no income from LeT, but was funding them myself"

-I do speak Punjabi, I learnt the language from the people around me in Lahore: David Headley says during cross examination in Mumbai court

-I wanted to introduce someone to Zeb Shah(who helped Headley in drug business) who was interested in smuggling weapons to India: Headley

-I talked to Zeb Shah about smuggling weapons to India in 2006 for the first time,but it was not me who was trying to smuggle: David Headley

-I was in drug business since 1992 ( when I was freed from jail after 1988 conviction) till 1998 when I was caught again, says David Headley

-Man called Zeb shah in Pakistan was helping me in my drug business, says David Headley during cross examination in Mumbai court

-David Headley admits that he had invested in UAE and Pakistan after 2002 and he had few shops in UAE and other investments in Pakistan

-He had violated the plea bargaining agreements of 1988 and 1998 that he will not indulge in criminal activities by joining LeT.

-Cross examination continues: Headley says, on both the occasions he had done a plea bargaining agreement with the US authorities.

-David Headley admits that before this conviction also, he had been convicted twice for drug smuggling in 1988 and in 1998 by US courts.

-David Headley cross examination: Court takes 15 minute break. Court proceedings to continue today till 2 pm

-Court has asked for more citation of law and then Court will decide whether Abdul Wahab Khan can ask questions related to wife Shazia or not

-Prosecutor says that no one can be forced to give statement against his own wife as per law of "privileged communication" in evidence act.

-Interaction with my wife is a personal issue, says Headley. Defence Lawyer objects, says 'you are running away from answering questions'

-Headley recused himself from answering any questions pertaining to his wife Shazia Gilani, says 'ask question about me not my wife'.

-David Headley during cross examination says that Tahawwur Rana was knowing his (Headley's) association with LeT.

-David Headley during cross examination says that Tahawwur Rana was not in touch with LeT

-Headly responded that he referred to his testimony before Chicago court in May 2011 for some 30 to 40 times approx

-Defence lawyer (Abu Jundal's lawyer Abdul wahab Khan) asks Headley about referring from some documents while answering questions of prosecutor

-Cross-examination of David Coleman Headley in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case begins in Mumbai court.

-Ujjawal Nikam arrives at Mumbai court

 

Headley, who is testifying as an approver in 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks case, was deposed before a Special Court in Mumbai earlier this month.

In his fourth deposition, he had told the court that he was told to survey naval air station and Siddhivinayak temple, but he discouraged the idea to target them as both were heavily guarded.

In his depositions so far, Headley has revealed important information about the planning behind the terror attacks and his role in the same.

His reconnaissance provided vital information for the 10 LeT terrorists and their handlers, who attacked Mumbai on November 26, 2008, in which 166 persons, including foreign nationals, were killed.

Headley drew maps, took video footage and scouted several targets for the attacks including the Taj Hotel, Oberoi Hotel and Nariman House during his five visits between 2006 and 2008.

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