CHICAGO – 52 year old David Coleman Headley was sentenced in a Chicago court to serve 35 years for planning the attack on Mumbai, India, in 2008.
NDJ World | Published: Jan 25 2013 North America→World News
Headley, who is of Pakistani descent, also stood trial for the failed attack on Denmark’s paper ‘Jyllands Posten’ which published the controversial Mohammed cartoons.
David Coleman Headley admitted guilt in 2008 and said he was conduction surveillance work for Laskhar-e-Taiba, the Pakistani terrorist organization that executed the attack in Mumbai, which killed 166 people over a period of 3 days.
Headley escaped life imprisonment because he cooperated with authorities and testified against other suspects which in 2011 led to the capture of three more Laskar-e-Taiba’s members and one individual belonging to the Pakistani security services.
Headley said he also conducted surveillance work for the same terrorist group in Denmark, where the extremists wanted to decapitate individuals working for the Jyllands Posten.
US authorities claimed Headley flew to Europe to recruit individuals to carry out this macabre plot.
Headley moved to the United States as a teenager. In 2006 he changed his name from Daood Gilani to David Coleman Headley.
The only terrorist to survive the Mumbai attack was executed in India in November 2012.
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