Tahawwur Rana and David Headley (Daood Gilani)
© Harish Jharia
Jan 24, 2013
The Pakistani American and Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist David Headley (Daood Gilani) was sentenced to 35 years in jail by a US court on Thursday. He has been sentenced for 35 year imprisonment for actively participating and guiding the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. Headley (Daood Gilani) has been ordered to serve 35 years in jail, followed by five years of supervised release.
David Headley (Daood Gilani) escaped the well-deserved death penalty because of his deal with the US government for sharing secret information about another terrorist and his childhood friend Tahawwur Rana. The US attorneys argued that while there is no question that Headley's criminal conduct was deplorable, his decision to cooperate with the legal process had provided significant support to the US government's efforts to combat global terrorism.
David Headley’s (Daood Gilani) testimony helped to grab his associate Tahawwur Rana who was recently sentenced with 14 year imprisonment for providing material support to overseas terrorism, including the Pakistani terrorists group of 10, whose 2008 attacks in Mumbai, left 160 plus people dead and devastate properties worth millions of dollars.
In the late 2005, Headley received orders from three leaders of Lashkar-e-Taiba to travel India and conduct extensive and prolonged surveillance in order to plan and implement the proposed terror attacks at denoted Indian spots. David Headley (Daood Gilani) did such exploration projects for five consecutive times eventually leading to the ghastly Mumbai terror attacks in 2008, killing 166 plus people, including six Americans and wounded hundreds.
Headley has confessed, during the hearing, that he had undergone numerous surveillance missions in India for his Pakistani bosses. His criminal activities included videographing various targets in India, including the iconic Taj hotel in Mumbai. These were the spots eventually attacked by the 10 Pakistani Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists. David Headley’s (Daood Gilani) also admitted that he had attended five different dedicated terror training camps in Pakistan, operated by Lashkar-e-Taiba, between 2002 and 2005.
"Headley is a terrorist" the Judge pronounced while imposing the sentence on 12 different criminal counts in a packed court room. The judge also stressed on the fact that "He commits crime, cooperates and then gets rewarded for the cooperation”.