Headley recced Pune German Bakery; testimony over

Headley testified he had conducted a surveillance of the German Bakery in Pune and identified Chabad houses in Delhi, Pushkar and Pune as potential bombing targets.

Last Updated: Jun 01, 2011, 23:27 PM IST

Chicago: Mumbai attack co-accused David Coleman Headley on Wednesday testified he had conducted a surveillance of the German Bakery in Pune and identified
Chabad houses in Delhi, Pushkar and Pune as potential bombing
targets.

Headley, a Pakistani-American, said this while
wrapping up his testimony after five days of questioning by
Prosecution and Defence lawyers in the trial of his childhood
friend and another 26/11 co-accused Tawahhur Hussain Rana in a
Chicago court.

On the sixth day of the trial, Prosecutors called FBI
agents to bolster the testimony of Headley, a LeT operative
who is government`s star witness in the trial.

Headley also testified that he had lied at times about
certain events in his life during the trial.

Headley said he made a video of the German Bakery
which was bombed on February 13, 2010 killing 17 people and
injuring 60 others.

While Headley was under arrest by FBI, the German
Bakery was attacked.

Headley, who ended his testimony, said that he had
made a list of Chabad houses in Delhi, Pushkar and Pune which
could be targeted.

The German Bakery is located near the Chabad House
and an Osho Ashram in Pune. The German Bakery blast was a part
of the Karachi Project- an LeT project with the Indian
Mujahideen.

Headley also said that he had plans to write a book
and make a movie on the events in his life. Rana`s lawyer
Patrick Blegen said that Headley had told several people
including his wife so.

"If I write a book, I can make huge amounts of money,"
Headley said.

Earlier, Headley had told FBI that he did not carry
out surveillance of the Bakery, but later confessed to the
Indian agents of National Investigation Agency that he had
conducted its surveillance.

Headley has pleaded guilty to 12 terrorism charges
related to Mumbai attacks and other plots in the wake of his
2009 arrest here.

The Pakistani-American also said that he made a "fool"
of Rana, a Chicago businessman, by involving him in the 26/11
conspiracy.

"I made a fool of him (Rana). Poor fellow was stuck in
this for no fault of his. I made a fool of him in getting to
assist me on what I did. I made a fool of him," Headley told
Rana`s lawyer.

While Headley has pleaded guilty, Rana has maintained
that he is not guilty in the charge of "support to terrorism".

Defence attorneys said Headley lied to the law
enforcement agencies and implicated Rana in the plot in a bid
to save his life.

Headley expressed remorse at the killing of Indian
people at the trial.

"You are remorseful for what you have done?" asked
Blegen.
"Yes, I feel bad about my grievances and the way I
went to address them," Headley said.

The defence lawyers said Headley lived multiple lives
and used his friend over the years. Rana and Headley met as
teenagers at a Pakistani military school.

"As expected this guy has a very troubled history and
past," Blegen said, adding, "It`s my sense that he answered
the questions affirmatively because we had a stack of papers
to contradict him.

"He lied before in the past," Blegen said.
FBI special agent Gary Turlington testified he found
a letter at Headley`s apartment from Raymond sanders to open a
Mumbai branch of First World Immigration run by Rana. The
letter was on a notebook printed in Mumbai, he said.

PTI