US defends court verdict on Headley

PRESS TRUST OF INDIA

Washington, Jan 26: Terming the sentencing David Headley as a "positive example" of Indo-US counter-terrorism cooperation, US virtually ruled out his extradition and defended the verdict saying justice has been served as promised.
 "We promised that justice would be served, that justice is being served in this case," State Department spokesperson, Victoria Nuland told reporters, when asked about India's reservations over the court ruling.
 India has expressed disappointed over the 35-year jail term awarded to the Pakistani-American by Chicago court, arguing that given the nature of his crime, longer sentence or death penalty was required.
 "David Headley, a key conspirator in the Mumbai terrorist attacks, has been brought to justice in the United States. He will serve 35 years in prison for his role in these heinous acts that claimed the lives of 166 people, including six Americans," she said.
 Asked specifically about Indian insistence on Headley's extradition, Nuland said, "He's been tried, convicted, and will serve in the United States."
 She said that the investigation and the prosecution of Headley "stems from the unprecedented and intense collaboration between the United States and Indian authorities in the counter-terrorism sphere to bring all the people responsible for Mumbai to justice".
 "Not only did he stand trial, face conviction, now have to serve 35 years. But in the context of this prosecution, Mr Headley provided information of substantial value in our efforts against terrorism, including testifying against co-conspirator Rana, providing extensive detail about accused terrorist Kashmiri and his network, who was indicted in 2009, as you know, and as well as submitting to questions from Indian law enforcement and working with US investigators," she said.
 "So from our perspective, justice was served, and this is a very positive example of US-Indian collaboration in the counter-terrorism realm," Nuland said.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 26 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 26 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 27 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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