Mumbai : Pakistani-American terrorist David Headley, who is serving a 35-year jail term in the United States, was produced via video-conference in the TADA court here, in connection with the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks case. Headley has agreed to be a witness in this case, if the court grants him a pardon.
Headley, accompanied by two lawyers, was produced via video-conferencing, to accommodate the different time zones, from an undisclosed location in the US. Prosecution had moved an application to make Headley a co-accused, based on which, Headley accepted the conditions laid down by the court.
The court had told Headley that he would be required to disclose full and true facts leading to the happening of the attacks within his knowledge and the persons concerned. Also, he would be accountable for providing facts and disclose his role and the role of others, and the facts which he had admitted before the US court in Illinois. He has been brought into truthfully and correctly answering the prosecution’s questions unfolding the entire criminal conspiracy and other offences. Headley, when asked, denied being under pressure and said — I am obliged to testify because of the conditions of my plea agreement.
The court decided to grant him pardon on the grounds that his evidence as co-conspirator seemed to be supportive and was of immense importance and assistance to the prosecution. Headley’s role was ‘categorically established’ from the American court’s judgment based on records and plea agreement.
This pardon and agreeance of approver leading to Headley’s deposition would be the first piece of direct evidence of the criminal conspiracy.