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Its up to US courts to decide on Headley access: Mansingh

Last Updated: Monday, March 29, 2010 - 22:39

Panaji: India should respect American
legal system`s rights to decide what form of access they would
like to give to quiz terror suspect David Headley in 26/11
case, former Foreign Secretary Lalit Mansingh said on Monday.

"Headley and his accomplice (Tahawwur Hussain Rana)
have been arrested on American soil. Therefore, whatever
decision American courts take (on providing India access to
Headley) we have to recognise that and respect it," he told
media persons before addressing students of Goa University.

"The procedures have to be followed. It finally
depends on the presiding judge to decide what form of access
he will give - whether it is letters rogatory, video
conferencing or way of deposition," he added.

Mansingh was in Goa to deliver a lecture as part of
a series initiated by External Affairs ministry on `India?s
Foreign Policy.`

Replying to a question, the veteran diplomat said the
Headley matter was not a diplomatic, but a legal issue. "It is
completely under the jurisdiction of American legal system."

The former Ambassador to the United States said India
remains hopeful of getting access to Headley, who has pleaded
guilty to plotting 26/11 terror strikes, because his evidence
is going to be important for investigations into the Mumbai
attacks.

PTI

First Published: Monday, March 29, 2010 - 22:39
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