35 years sentence to Pakistani origin terrorist David Headley

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  1. Daredevil

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    Judge Leinenweber sentences 52-year-old David Headley to 35 years in prison.

    26/11 accused David Headley sentenced to 35 years in jail by a Chicago court

    David Headley, who played key role in 2008 terrorist attack on Mumbai, India, sentenced to 35 years.

    Judge Leinenweber says he needs to protect the community from David Headley so he does not commit another terrorist attack.
     
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    In letter to Judge Leinenweber, David Headley asks for clemency. Says he has been studying scriptures he misinterpreted. :rofl: :rofl:
     
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    David Headley sentenced to 35 years in jail

    Chicago: A federal judge in Chicago has imposed a 35-year prison sentence for an American who played a key role in a 2008 terrorist attack on Mumbai that killed more than 160 people.

    David Coleman Headley conducted meticulous scouting missions before 10 gunmen carried out the devastating assault often called India's 9/11.

    The 52-year-old was sentenced Thursday on 12 counts. That included conspiracy to aid the Pakistani group Lashkar-e-Taiba, which mounted the attacks on the landmark Taj Mahal Hotel and other targets.

    The maximum sentence was life in prison. Headley pleaded guilty and cooperated to avoid the death penalty and extradition to India.

    Headley was born Daood Gilani to a Pakistani father and American mother. He changed his name in 2006 to travel more easily to and from India.
     
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    Big Blow to Shinde & Digvijaya Singh! "@HeadlinesToday: Lashkar operative David Headley gets 35 years in jail." :rofl: :rofl:
     
  6. A chauhan

    A chauhan "अहिंसा परमो धर्मः धर्म हिंसा तथैव च: l" Senior Member

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    Now it is 100% proved that Mumbai attack was a Pakistani terror plan. They attacked us and he got punished by USA thanks to USA :nod: good !
     
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    Connect the Dots. Maybe Conincidence, but quite interesting!

    The White Terrorist sure had a Trouble Life!

     
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    He was son of a Pakistani bigot, both were divorced because of their bigotry and culture, Daood Sayed Gilani real name, aka David Headley got his inherited same dirty genes switched on of Criminality and jihad because of the conditioning he got from his likewise relatives and surroundings.

    The snake changed his Pakistani name he got from his Pakistani father.

    He moaned like a bitch like every Pakistani does the recent one was 'Ajmal Kasab' in front of police and courts.

    Both begged for mercy, one said 'Bhagwan' when his ass was being pounded by Mumbai police one used an excuse of misinterpreting Koran.
     
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    David Headley deserved death penalty: US judge

    WASHINGTON: A US federal court on Thursday sentenced Pakistani-American terrorist David Headley aka Daood Gilani to 35 years in prison for his role in the ISI-LeT sponsored 26/11 attack on Mumbai, with the judge expressing unhappiness over the prosecution seeking a relatively light term given the magnitude of Headley's offences.

    The 52-year-old Headley had entered into a plea bargain with the US investigators under which he escaped death sentence. But many were left surprised when the US prosecutors did not seek a life sentence for Headley.

    Headley was ordered to serve 35 years, followed by five years of supervised release by US District Judge Harry Leinenweber.

    There is no federal parole and defendants must serve at least 85% of their sentence.

    "Mr Headley is a terrorist," the judge said while imposing the sentence in a packed court. Leinenweber also said, "He commits crime, cooperates and then gets rewarded for the cooperation. No matter what I do, it is not going to deter terrorists. Unfortunately, terrorists do not care for it. I do not have any faith in Mr Headley when he says that he is a changed person now. I do believe that it is my duty to protect the public from Mr Headley and ensure that he does not get into any further terrorist activities. Recommending 35 years is not a right sentence."

    Asked if he wanted to make a statement, Headley, said, "No, your honour".

    "The sentence I impose, I'm hopeful it will keep Mr Headley under lock and key for the rest of his natural life," Leinenweber said. The judge said it would have been much easier to impose the death penalty. "That's what you deserve".

    Former US attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, who led the government case, told the court that Headley was involved in a "very, very heinous crime" but the judge should consider the "unusual nature" of Headley's cooperation. Headley will cooperate with Indian investigators every way short of an extradition, including through further questioning and videoconferencing, the court was told.

    Fitzgerald told the court that Headley, a former informant for the US Drug Enforcement Agency, "freely admitted" his role in the Mumbai massacre within half an hour of being given his Miranda rights following his arrest in Chicago.

    The sentencing took place amid heavy security. Many people could not be fitted into the courtroom, delaying proceedings.

    The lighter sentence of 35 years for David Headley was strongly challenged by the families of the victims. Speaking on behalf of the victims, a teary-eyed Kia Scherr, who lost her husband and daughter in the attack, told the court that Headley must be made to bear the consequences of what he did. "I feel that the magnitude of the killing that took place, David Headley has no right to live. He must bear the consequences of... this would be a morale outrage if Headley got only 35 years," Scherr said.

    Facing Headley, who had testified extensively about how he developed his faith and started hating India, Kia Scherr — who testified on behalf of the families of the victims of 26/ 11 — said: "I do not know you. I know you only from the testimony you gave in this courtroom. I have no understanding of how you choose this path. Your path is not my concern."

    In pleading guilty and later testifying for the government at the trial of co-defendant and school friend Tahawwur Rana, Headley admitted that he attended training camps in Pakistan operated by LeT on five separate occasions between 2002 and 2005.

    In late 2005, Headley received instructions from three Lashkar members to travel to India to conduct surveillance, which he did five times leading up to the Mumbai attacks in 2008 that killed approximately 166 people, including six Americans, and wounded hundreds more. A week back, Leinenweber had sentenced Rana to 14 years of imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release for providing material support to LeT and planning terrorist attack against a Danish newspaper.

    Headley has confessed he had undertaken numerous scouting missions for his handlers in Pakistan. He had videographed a number of targets in India including the iconic Taj hotel in Mumbai which was attacked by 10 LeT terrorists.

    According to security agencies, the detailed video made by Headley was the foundation on which 26/11 was planned and carried out. Headley, born to a Pakistani father and American mother, had even changed his name from Daood Gilani in 2006 to easily move in and out of India without raising suspicion.

    US attorneys argued while there is no question Headley's criminal conduct was deplorable, his decision to cooperate provided uniquely significant value to the US efforts to combat terror. "We are seeking less than life time sentencing, because of the significant intelligence value information provided by Headley. Crime is deplorable, shocking and horrific. We have to recognize the significant value of the information. We believe that 30-35 years of imprisonment would be justified and balance and thus be downgraded from life sentence," Collins said.

    Former US attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, who appeared in court, urged leniency saying Headley's decision to become an informant "saved lives".

    David Headley deserved death penalty: US judge - The Times of India
     
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    It was part of a plea bargin to confess about Pakistans involvement in the attack.......
     
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    Can he be given to India ??
     
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    US refused extradition. India would be allowed to question him via video conference.
     
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    This guy deserves to end up with a needle in his arm. But if his cooperation has been of any value at all (and he has an excellent record of spilling the beans) then I guess I can settle for a life of frequent anal rape courtesy of the prison system.
     
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    The reasoning is that other terrorists may be more cooperative in the future. I don't know if that is realistic.
     
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    Direct interrogation by Indian intel should be arranged. But I'm not in charge. :-(
     
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    I now that is the idea but it does not stop terrorists and it is not deterrent punishment for them.
     
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    Exactly, since terrorists often expect to die during their operations to begin with.

    And there is always waterboarding for the surviving recalcitrants
     
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    David Headley had provide intell and he has made primary plan for the target. Executive terrorists are all dead, but those who have planned and finance it are still at large.

    So this type of punishment does not help, they know that they can play with the system and get away with lighter punishment.
     
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    Death sentence is a gift for such criminals, I think imprisonment really helps them to realise and regret, that they were doing wrong, now after 7-8 years Headley's inner-self, human inside him will force him to think that his religious scriptures and lessons which taught him to do Jihad and kill innocent human beings were wrong.

    If after 35 years he comes out alive we'll catch him and hang here and bring to book. :cool2:
     
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    Why did US refuse to extradict him, he should be punished for his crimes in India.
     
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