Headley will cooperate with Indian authorities: Lawyer

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 13:54

Chicago: Pakistani-American terrorist
David Coleman Headley, who has confessed to plotting Mumbai
attacks, will cooperate with Indian authorities as required
under the terms of his plea agreement if the US government
allows, his lawyer has said.

John Theis said 49-year-old Headley`s terms of the
plea agreement on March 18 requires that he allows himself to
be interviewed by Indian authorities.

"Headley will cooperate to the extent it is required
to by the terms of his plea agreement but as for the
specifics. I think really our government and our US attorney`s
office have to be the ones to determine the actual form (of
access)," he said when asked to comment about US
Ambassador Timothy J Roemer`s statement that no decision on
direct access for India to David Headley has been made.

Headley moved a guilty plea at a US court on March 18
where he confessed to plotting the 2008 Mumbai attacks that
killed 166 people, including six Americans.

"He is in US custody and so interviewing him does
implicate the security issues and things like that," Theis
said.

When asked if Indian investigators, who come to the
US, can be assured that they would get access to Headley and
be able to put their questions to him, Theis said: "I`m not
the one to ask that. You will have to ask our government, our
US attorney`s office. They are the ones who are going to
determine how this actually happens."

Meanwhile, an FBI spokesperson said: "If the plea
agreement says that Headley has agreed to meet with
investigators from India, then that is what he will do. It is
a question of when and where. But I`m sure if that is what he
agreed to, that is what will happen."

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 13:54

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