David Coleman Headley, one of the key conspirators of 26/11 lethal attacks on Mumbai, has admitted that he conspired along with other collegues to carry out strikes. “ I am a true follower of Lashkar-e-Toiba, the terror outfit and I visited Mumbai seven times before the attacks and once Delhi after the attack. I changed my original name Dawood Gilani to David Coleman Headley, to acquire a new passport to India” he told a Mumbai court.
He has deposed before the city civil and sessions court via video conference from an undisclosed location in US, where is currently serving a life-imprisonment. This is the first time in world legal history, a terrorist has tendered a live evidence in a foreign country. The deposition started at 7 amand would continue til 1 PM.
The judge GA Sanap has accepted Headley’s plea to turn approver on December 10 on the condition that he should unfold the total conspiracy, the participants and his role. Headley agreed to it. He is the second person to be tried after Abu Jundal another key conspirator and operative. Gunman Ajmal Kasab, who was caught and executed, was also tried.
“ I followed the word of my colleague and handler Mr Sahid Mir to get a false identity to travel to India. He wanted me to recce Mumbai and Delhi and get a general video of India” Headley told the court. He has already confessed earlier that LeT has conspired, planned and executed attacks and Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has given its blessings and financial support to it.