02/18/12: The Sacramento Bee reports that a New Delhi court agreed Saturday to try admitted American terrorist David Headley and eight others for allegedly carrying out the deadly 2008 attacks in Mumbai, local media reported. The court's decision allows Indian investigators to seek Headley's extradition from the United States, where he is in prison after admitting to laying the groundwork for the three-day shooting rampage in India's largest city. However, his plea agreement with US authorities said Headley would not be extradited if he cooperated with investigators.
09/21/11: The Chicago Tribune reports that a Chicago businessman convicted of aiding a terrorist group that took credit for the deadly 2008 Mumbai attacks is asking for a new trial. Tahawwur Rana was cleared in June of any involvement in the siege that killed more than 160 people. But he was convicted of lesser charges, including that he provided material support to a Pakistani militant group which took responsibility for the Mumbai attack and a planned attack in Denmark.
07/19/11: The Washington Post reports that dozens of sealed court papers from a recent Chicago trial related to the deadly 2008 Mumbai terror attacks will be released publicly, a federal judge in Chicago ruled Tuesday, though it’s unclear whether they’ll contain any new revelations. The order comes a month after jurors cleared Chicago businessman Tahawwur Rana of involvement in the 2008 siege in that left more than 160 people dead in India’s largest city. They convicted him of lesser charges, including that he provided material support to a Pakistani militant group, Lashkar-e-Taiba, which took responsibility for the attack.
06/14/11: ProPublica reports that the chief prosecutor in a landmark terrorism trial that ended last week in Chicago says a plea bargain with a confessed American terrorist was justified because of his value as a source of intelligence and as a key witness in any future prosecutions. Jurors last Thursday convicted Tahawwur Rana, a Chicago businessman, after a trial that revealed unprecedented details about the alliance between Pakistani militant groups and that country's intelligence service.
06/10/11: The New York Times reports that a federal jury on Thursday found a Chicago businessman guilty of supporting plans to attack a Danish newspaper that published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, but acquitted him of the more serious charge of helping to plot the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India. After two days of deliberations, the jury also found the businessman, Tahawwur Rana, 49, guilty of a third charge, which involved providing support to the Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba.
05/23/11: The Washington Post reports that the trial of a Chicago businessman accused of helping plan deadly attacks in Mumbai in 2008 is being closely watched worldwide for what testimony might reveal about the global fight against terrorism. Defense attorneys, though, say their case is about just one thing: Betrayal. Opening statements start Monday in the trial of Tahawwur Rana, who prosecutors allege provided cover for his former schoolmate to scout out sites for the rampage that killed more than 160 people in India’s largest city. Rana, 50, has pleaded not guilty.
05/14/11: The New York Times reports that two years before terrorists struck the Indian port city of Mumbai, a Pakistani-American man named David Coleman Headley began laying the groundwork for the attack, financed, he claims, by $25,000 from an officer in Pakistan's powerful intelligence service. As the United States presses Pakistan for answers about whether the its intelligence service played a role in harboring Osama bin Laden, Mr. Headley is set to recount that story in a federal courthouse in Chicago. What he discloses could further deepen suspicions that Pakistani spies are connected to terrorists and potentially worsening relations between Washington and Islamabad.
05/13/11: The Los Angeles Times reports that a Chicago businessman stands trial on charges that he aided in the bloody terrorist attack in Mumbai, India. Tahawwur Hussain Rana is alleged to have provided a cover for the scout who checked out locations for the deadly rampage and acted as a messenger for the Pakistani terrorist group allegedly behind the 2008 attack. The case has taken on added significance since the killing of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, which has brought renewed attention to Pakistan's commitment to fighting terrorism as a key US ally.
11/06/10: The Washington Post reports that at least five US agencies were warned that David Coleman Headley, who became a central figure in the 2008 attacks on Mumbai, was training or working with Pakistani militants. In the seven years in which leads accumulated, Headley was not questioned or placed on a terror watch list. Since the September 11 attacks, the government has invested billions of dollars in new threat-detection systems.
10/29/10: The Washington Times reports that the Obama administration has ordered a review of US intelligence about David Coleman Headley, the Pakistani-American involved in plotting the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, to find out whether intelligence agencies failed to share reports that may have helped prevent the attack.
10/17/10: The Washington Post reports that Federal officials acknowledged Saturday that David Coleman Headley, the US businessman who confessed to being a terrorist scout in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, was working as a Drug Enforcement Administration informant while training with terrorists in Pakistan.
10/16/10: The Washington Post reports that three years before Pakistani terrorists struck Mumbai in November 2008, federal agents in New York City investigated a tip that an American businessman was training in Pakistan with the group that later executed the attack. The previously undisclosed allegations against David Coleman Headley, who became a key figure in the plot that killed 166 people, came from his wife after a domestic dispute that resulted in his arrest in 2005.
06/10/10: Nukes & Spooks reports that Indian investigators have spent seven days quizzing an American who pleaded guilty to helping a Pakistani extremist group, Lashkar-e-Taiba, plan the November 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai. The State Department said that the Indians were given access to David Coleman Headley "as part of the cooperation and partnership between the United States and India in the fight against international terrorism."
03/26/10: The New York Times reports that an American charged with helping plan the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, moved effortlessly between the United States, Pakistan and India for nearly seven years, training at a militant camp in Pakistan on five occasions, according to a plea agreement released by the Justice Department last week. The odyssey of David C. Headley, 49, included scouting targets in several cities in India and meeting with a senior operative of Al Qaeda in Pakistan’s tribal areas.
03/19/10: The Los Angeles Times reports that a US citizen of Pakistani descent pleaded guilty Thursday to charges that he scouted targets in advance of the coordinated terrorist attack in Mumbai, India, in 2008 that killed about 170 people, including six Americans. David Coleman Headley, 49, of Chicago also acknowledged in US District Court that he scouted targets for an attack that was never carried out against a Danish newspaper that drew the ire of much of the Muslim world after publishing unflattering cartoons about the prophet Muhammad.
03/17/10: The New York Times reports that a Chicago man accused of helping to scout out Mumbai, India, in preparation for a rampage by a Pakistani terrorist group that left 163 people dead in 2008 is expected to plead guilty on Thursday. The man, David C. Headley, who was arrested in October, has also been charged with plotting to attack a Danish newspaper that published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in 2005 that outraged many Muslims. Mr. Headley pleaded not guilty when charged, but he has since been cooperating with government officials.
12/10/09: Security Debrief reports that terror suspect David Headley was questioned by an airport inspector in August and deceptive answers about his travels abroad helped officials begin to unravel Mr. Headley’s alleged double life.
12/09/09: The Miami Herald reports that David Coleman Headley has pleaded not guilty to charges that accuse him of conspiring in the deadly 2008 terrorist attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai and of planning to launch an armed assault on a Danish newspaper.
12/08/09: The Seattle Times reports that federal prosecutors say a Chicago man charged with helping to plan the terrorist attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai will appear in court on Wednesday. David Coleman Headley is due to appear before US District Judge Harry Leinenweber for arraignment at 10:45 a.m.
12/08/09: The Department of Justice has a press release announcing that federal prosecutors have added new charges against David Headley, linking him to the Mumbai attacks. They also announced that Headley is now cooperating in the investigation. Prosecutors also announced charges of conspiracy to murder and maim persons in a foreign country and providing material support to that foreign terrorism conspiracy against Abdur Rehman, a former Pakistani soldier said to have been involved with Headley and another in a plot targeting a Danish newspaper (under the auspices of LET and another group). HT to National Security Advisors.
12/07/09: The Washington Post reports that federal prosecutors charged a Chicago man Monday with carrying out surveillance on targets in India in advance of deadly terrorist attacks that wracked that nation's business center last year and killed 170 people, including six Americans. David Coleman Headley, 49, is accused of conspiring to bomb targets in Mumbai, India; providing material support to Lashkar-i-Taiba, a militant Pakistani Islamist group; and aiding and abetting the murder of US citizens.
11/20/09: The Washington Post reports that David C. Headley, a peripatetic Chicagoan accused of scouting potential terrorism targets in India and plotting to kill two Danish journalists, was not always David C. Headley. Until 2006, he was Daood Gilani, but he told investigators he had changed his name to raise less suspicion when he traveled abroad. He lived anonymously in an apartment leased in the name of a dead person and changed e-mail accounts often and spoke in code on the telephone.
11/18/09: The New York Time reports that investigators in Mumbai are retracing the steps of two men arrested in Chicago by the FBI to see if they helped plan the attacks here that killed more than 160 people in November 2008. Officials in Mumbai said that the two suspects, David Coleman Headley, an American with links of Pakistan, and Tahawwur Hussain Rana, who was born in Pakistan but is a Canadian citizen, both visited Mumbai and several other Indian cities before the Mumbai attacks, and may have visited some of the sites that were attacked.
10/29/09: The Miami Herald reports that prosecutors urged a federal judge Wednesday to deny bond to one of two Chicago men charged with plotting a terrorist attack against a Danish newspaper, while the man's lawyer argued that his client could have been the innocent dupe of an alleged coconspirator. Tahawwur Hussain Rana, 48, was a danger to the community and a flight risk and therefore should not be released on bond, Assistant US Attorney Daniel Collins told federal Magistrate Judge Nan Nolan.
10/28/09: The LA Times reports that federal authorities on Tuesday charged two Chicago men with plotting terrorist attacks against targets in Western Europe, including the "facilities and employees" of a Danish newspaper that printed cartoons of the prophet Muhammad that sparked riots in the Muslim world. David Coleman Headley, 49, a US citizen born in Pakistan, was charged with conspiracy to commit terrorist acts. Tahawwur Hussain Rana, a 48-year-old Canadian citizen also from Pakistan, was accused of supporting him.
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