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26/11 plotter Headley's verdict: What happened in US courtroom
Jan 25, 2013, 15:27 PM IST
Chicago/Mumbai: Pakistani-American LeT terrorist David Headley, who "unquestionably contributed" to the 26/11 Mumbai attacks that claimed 166 lives, has been sentenced to 35 years in prison by the Chicago court.
Here are snippets from the Chicago courtroom:
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The judge said he deserved life but had to consider cooperation. He was being given linent punishment as he cooperated with the authorities in their investigations.
Headley wore grey tracks, close-cropped salt-&-pepper hair, black sport shoes. He is very tall and well-built.
Victim Linda Ragsdale addressed Headley with his given name Daoud Gillani -- not David Coleman Headley -- the name he "masqueraded" in.
Watching the bloodshed and a girl die, victim said to Headley: "Together we faced all of this while you faced the TV screen. There was a carnage of war where moments before friends & families were enjoying their dinner. When I saw it (shooter), it was just a boy...Who were his teachers?"
Ragsdale was at the Taj hotel in Mumbai eating dinner with her medication group when the carnage started.
Prosecutors said Headley has to cooperate with future investigations. If he doesn't, plea agreement is void.
Headley's letter is under seal but defense says in it their client expresses remorse.
Headley didn't make a statement in court; told the judge he expressed what he needed to say in his letter.
The judge said Headley deserves life but the 35-year sentence means the 52-year-old will be under "lock & key" for the rest of his life. "The damage that was done was unfathomable...Perhaps the lucky ones are those who didn't survive. Headley only cooperated to "save his life" & not face extradition."
Headley's letter to judge says he wants his kids to lead an "American" life and re-reads scriptures he said had been taken out of context.
Defense said Headley led a "secular" life until his 40s working at bars, video stores, doing drugs. His information has made India, Pakistan & other countries safer. Headley cooperation has literally saved lives."