August 5, 2020

US Court docket Rejects Pak-Origin 26/11 Plotter’s Bail

'Potential Death Penalty Awaits In India': US Court Rejects Pak-Origin 26/11 Plotter's Bail

Pak-origin 26/11 Mumbai terror assault plotter Tahawwur Rana is a declared fugitive in India


  • Tahawwur Rana, 26/11 terror assault plotter, a declared fugitive in India
  • Rana, 59, a good friend of Pakistani-American LeT terrorist David Headley
  • US courtroom rejects $1.5 million bail software, calls him a flight threat


A US courtroom has rejected the USD 1.5 million bail software of Pakistani-origin Canadian businessman Tahawwur Rana, who has been declared a fugitive by India for his involvement within the 2008 Mumbai terror assault case, describing him a flight threat.

Rana, 59, a childhood good friend of David Coleman Headley, was re-arrested on June 10 in Los Angeles on an extradition request by India for his involvement within the 2008 Mumbai terror assault through which 166 individuals, together with six Individuals, have been killed.

He’s a declared fugitive in India.

US District Court docket Decide in Los Angeles Jacqueline Chooljian, in her 24-page order dated July 21, denied bail to Rana arguing that he’s a flight threat.

Describing Rana as a flight threat, the US authorities opposed his launch on bail, arguing that if he have been to flee to Canada, he might escape the potential of a dying sentence in India.

“Given the stakes, an allowance of bail in any quantity wouldn’t assure Rana’s presence in courtroom. Granting bail would invite the potential of embarrassing the USA within the conduct of its international affairs, straining its relationship with India,” Assistant US Lawyer John J Lulejian had instructed the courtroom.

However, Rana’s lawyer instructed the courtroom that the 26/11 accused shouldn’t be a flight threat and has proposed a USD 1.5 million bond for his launch.

Rana, in his defence, has argued that the US’s resolution to not extradite his co-conspirator, David Headley, to India is inconsistent and bars his extradition.

Whereas Rana “has offered a strong bail bundle and proffered circumstances which considerably mitigate the chance of flight, the courtroom can not discover that he has negated the chance of flight and accordingly grants the Detention Request (of the federal government) on that foundation,” Decide Chooljian stated.

For somebody dealing with conspiracy to homicide and homicide fees in India, the inducement to flee to keep away from extradition is powerful, the courtroom stated.

Pakistan-born Rana accomplished Military Medical School there, and served within the Pakistani Military as a physician for greater than a decade, however finally abandoned.

He’s at the moment a Canadian citizen, however was a resident of Chicago the place he had a enterprise. In accordance with the courtroom papers, he has additionally resided in and traveled to Canada, Pakistan, Germany and England and speaks seven languages.

If he flees to Canada, he may successfully keep away from publicity to the dying penalty as such nation’s extradition treaty with India incorporates a provision which permits extradition to be refused if the offence for which extradition is requested is punishable by dying in India and isn’t punishable by dying in Canada except India provides assurances {that a} dying penalty wouldn’t be executed, federal prosecutors had stated.

“There isn’t any query within the courtroom’s thoughts that given Rana’s vital international ties, notably to Canada, and the potential dying penalty awaiting him in India if he’s extradited on and convicted of essentially the most critical pending fees, he’s a flight threat,” the courtroom stated.

In accordance with the courtroom papers, Rana had examined optimistic for COVID-19 at Terminal Island in Los Angeles on April 28, 2020, however was asymptomatic and has since recovered.

He examined damaging within the final three checks on June 13, June 15 and June 25.

In accordance with the federal prosecutors, between 2006 and November 2008, Rana conspired with David Headley, also referred to as “Daood Gilani”, and others in Pakistan to help Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Harakat ul-Jihad-e-Islami, each US-designated terrorist organisations, to plan and perform the Mumbai terrorist assaults.

Pakistani-American LeT terrorist David Headley was concerned in plotting the 2008 Mumbai terror assault. He was made an approver within the case, and is at the moment serving a 35-year jail time period within the US for his function within the assault.

India seeks his arrest on a variety of offences, together with the conspiracy to commit homicide, conspiracy to commit forgery for the aim of dishonest, and homicide underneath related sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). He’s hunted for his function in 2008 terrorist assaults in Mumbai.

The 2008 Mumbai assault was one among India’s most horrific terrorist assaults through which 166 individuals have been killed and over 300 injured as 10 heavily-armed terrorists from Pakistan created mayhem.

Pakistani nationwide Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the lone terrorist captured alive, was hanged to dying on November 21, 2012.

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