Headley says not guilty of 26/11 charges

Last Updated: Thursday, December 10, 2009 - 09:38

Chicago: Pakistani-American David Headley, a
LeT operative arrested by FBI, today pleaded not guilty before
a court where he was produced, two days after being charged
with helping plan the Mumbai terror attacks.

49-year-old Headley, arrested in October this year, also
pleaded not guilty to the charge of plotting terror attacks in
Denmark. The next hearing of the case will be held on January
12.

Headley, who appeared in court in an orange jumpsuit,
shackled at the ankle, has been charged with six counts of
criminal conspiracy.

He was accused of conspiring to bomb public places in
India, murder and maim persons in India and Denmark, providing
material support to foreign terrorist plots and providing
material support to Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar
-e-Toiba(LeT).

Headley, who changed his name from Daood Gilani in 2006
so he could "present himself in India as an American who was
neither Muslim nor Pakistani, was also facing six counts of
aiding and abetting the murder of US citizens in India.

The charges filed in the Federal Court here said Headley
conducted extensive surveillance of targets in Mumbai for more
than two years preceding the 26/11 terrorist attacks, took
pictures and videotapes of various targets, and supplied them
to the perpetrators of the assault. 166 persons were killed in
the 26/11 attack.

The charges were announced on Monday by Patrick J
Fitzgerald, US Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois,
and Robert D Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago
Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Headley attended terror training camps in Pakistan run by
LeT and conspired with its members and others in planning and
executing the attacks both in India and Denmark, the charges
filed by federal law enforcement officials said.

A retired Pakistani army Major, Abdur Rehman Hashim Syed,
played the central role in communicating with Headley and
facilitating contacts with other co-conspirators in Pakistan,
including LeT members, they said.

-PTI



First Published: Thursday, December 10, 2009 - 09:38

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