India to continue pushing for Headley extradition: Khurshid
New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said that New Delhi would continue to press United States of America for the extradition of David Headley.
Headley, a co-conspirator in the 26/11 terror attacks at Mumbai in 2008, was jailed for 35 years by a court in the USA after he had agreed to testify against the plotters to avoid the death penalty. Though the sentence, handed down to by the court is the maximum sought by federal prosecutors, but Khurshid expressed unhappiness India not been allowed to conduct Headley's trial.
“Our request and demand was that we try him in our own country and I think that possibly it would have been more serious and severe sentencing, but 35 years sentencing and what the judge has said is a beginning,” said Khurshid. RK Singh, Union Home Secretary, also repeated the calls for Headley's extradition to India for trial and questioned further.
“Our request for extradition still remains, that request is still pending and we will continue to press it. The reason is that the conspiracy, in which Headley was a part of, was not restricted only to Mumbai, he visited other places also. So, we need more information from him in this regard. Thus our request for extradition stands and we shall continue pressing it,” said Singh
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