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Headley’s cross-examination begins, dodges questions on his wife Shazia

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Published Mar 23, 2016, 10:54 am IST
Updated Mar 23, 2016, 11:01 am IST
Headley said Tahawwur Rana knew about his association with LeT and he objected to it.
Pakistani-American terrorist David Coleman Headley (Photo: PTI/File)
 Pakistani-American terrorist David Coleman Headley (Photo: PTI/File)

Mumbai: Pakistani-American terrorist David Coleman Headley Wednesday said Tahawwur Rana, his associate and a Pakistani native who operated an immigration business in Chicago, was aware that he was an operative of terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

Headley's cross-examination by Abdul Wahab Khan, the lawyer of Abu Jundal, an alleged key plotter of the 2008 terror attack, began this morning in the court of Mumbai sessions judge G A Sanap, via video link from the US.

 

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When Khan asked him about Rana, Headley said, "Rana knew about my association with LeT. I informed him about the training imparted by me to LeT operatives. I disclosed to Rana that I was spying for LeT. This was four to five months before the 26/11 attacks."

The 55-year-old terrorist, who has turned approver in the 26/11 case, further said Rana had objected to his association with LeT.

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"Rana objected to my association with LeT. He did not want me to continue using his office in Mumbai. I conceded his objection and started taking steps to close down the office. This was in July 2008," he said.

 

However, Headley refused to answer questions about his wife Shazia.

"Shazia is still my legally wedded wife. I do not want to disclose Shazia's location at present. I do not want to answer any question about my wife Shazia," he said.

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He said his wife never visited India and that he had disclosed to her about his association with LeT.

"Shazia never visited India. Originally she's from Pakistan. I had told Shazia about my association with LeT. I don't remember when I disclosed this to her, at least not immediately."

 

When Khan asked Headley what was Shazia's reaction to this disclosure, he said, "Her reaction to this is between me and her. It is our personal relation. I don't want to disclose whether she objected or not or what she said. I am not going to share what happened between me and my wife."

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However, Headley said his wife knew about his plans to change his name. "She knew that I was going to change my name from Dawood Gilani to David Coleman Headley," he said.

When Khan continued questioning him on Shazia, Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam took objection to it and said that under Section 122 of the Indian Evidence Act, the communication between a husband and wife is a privileged one and need not be disclosed.

 

Headley had earlier concluded his week-long deposition before the Mumbai sessions court through a video-link from the US on February 13.

In his fourth deposition, he had told the court that he was told to survey naval air station and Siddhivinayak temple, but he discouraged the idea to target them as both were heavily guarded.

In his depositions so far, Headley has revealed important information about the planning behind the terror attacks and his role in the same.

His reconnaissance provided vital information for the 10 LeT terrorists and their handlers, who attacked Mumbai on November 26, 2008, in which 166 persons, including foreign nationals, were killed.

 

Headley drew maps, took video footage and scouted several targets for the attacks including the Taj Hotel, Oberoi Hotel and Nariman House during his five visits between 2006 and 2008.

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