Potential Death Penalty Awaits In India US Court Rejects Pak-Origin 26/11 Plotter’s Bail: Pak-origin 26/11 Mumbai terror assault plotter Tahawwur Rana is a declared fugitive in India.

Potential Death Penalty Awaits In India US Court Rejects Pak-Origin 26/11 Plotter’s Bail

Highlights

  • Tahawwur Rana, 26/11 terror assault plotter, a declared fugitive in India
  • Rana, 59, a good friend of Pakistani-American LeT terrorist David Headley
  • US courtroom rejects $1.5 million bail utility, calls him a flight danger

Washington:

A US courtroom has rejected the USD 1.5 million bail utility of Pakistani-origin Canadian businessman Tahawwur Rana, who has been declared a fugitive by India for his involvement within the 2008 Mumbai terror assault case, describing him a flight danger.

Rana, 59, a childhood good friend of David Coleman Headley, was re-arrested on June 10 in Los Angeles on an extradition request by India for his involvement within the 2008 Mumbai terror assault by which 166 folks, together with six Individuals, had been killed.

He’s a declared fugitive in India.

US District Court docket Decide in Los Angeles Jacqueline Chooljian, in her 24-page order dated July 21, denied bail to Rana arguing that he’s a flight danger.

Describing Rana as a flight danger, the US authorities opposed his launch on bail, arguing that if he had been to flee to Canada, he could escape the potential for a demise sentence in India.

“Given the stakes, an allowance of bail in any quantity wouldn’t assure Rana’s presence in courtroom. Granting bail would invite the potential for embarrassing the US within the conduct of its international affairs, straining its relationship with India,” Assistant US Lawyer John J Lulejian had informed the courtroom.

Alternatively, Rana’s lawyer informed the courtroom that the 26/11 accused isn’t a flight danger and has proposed a USD 1.5 million bond for his launch.

Rana, in his defence, has argued that the US’s resolution to not extradite his co-conspirator, David Headley, to India is inconsistent and bars his extradition.

Whereas Rana “has offered a strong bail bundle and proffered circumstances which considerably mitigate the chance of flight, the courtroom can’t discover that he has negated the chance of flight and accordingly grants the Detention Request (of the federal government) on that foundation,” Decide Chooljian mentioned.

For somebody going through conspiracy to homicide and homicide fees in India, the motivation to flee to keep away from extradition is robust, the courtroom mentioned.

Pakistan-born Rana accomplished Military Medical School there, and served within the Pakistani Military as a physician for greater than a decade, however finally abandoned.

He’s at present a Canadian citizen, however was a resident of Chicago the place he had a enterprise. Based on the courtroom papers, he has additionally resided in and traveled to Canada, Pakistan, Germany and England and speaks seven languages.

If he flees to Canada, he might successfully keep away from publicity to the demise penalty as such nation’s extradition treaty with India incorporates a provision which permits extradition to be refused if the offence for which extradition is requested is punishable by demise in India and isn’t punishable by demise in Canada until India offers assurances {that a} demise penalty wouldn’t be executed, federal prosecutors had mentioned.

“There isn’t a query within the courtroom’s thoughts that given Rana’s vital international ties, notably to Canada, and the potential demise penalty awaiting him in India if he’s extradited on and convicted of essentially the most critical pending fees, he’s a flight danger,” the courtroom mentioned.

Based on the courtroom papers, Rana had examined optimistic for COVID-19 at Terminal Island in Los Angeles on April 28, 2020, however was asymptomatic and has since recovered.

He examined damaging within the final three checks on June 13, June 15 and June 25.

Based on the federal prosecutors, between 2006 and November 2008, Rana conspired with David Headley, often known as “Daood Gilani”, and others in Pakistan to help Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Harakat ul-Jihad-e-Islami, each US-designated terrorist organisations, to plan and perform the Mumbai terrorist assaults.

Pakistani-American LeT terrorist David Headley was concerned in plotting the 2008 Mumbai terror assault. He was made an approver within the case, and is at present serving a 35-year jail time period within the US for his function within the assault.

India seeks his arrest on quite a few offences, together with the conspiracy to commit homicide, conspiracy to commit forgery for the aim of dishonest, and homicide beneath related sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). He’s hunted for his function in 2008 terrorist assaults in Mumbai.

The 2008 Mumbai assault was one in every of India’s most horrific terrorist assaults by which 166 folks had been killed and over 300 injured as 10 heavily-armed terrorists from Pakistan created mayhem.

Pakistani nationwide Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the lone terrorist captured alive, was hanged to demise on November 21, 2012.

(Apart from the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is printed from a syndicated feed.)

 

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