Headley’s four-day cross-examination starts March 22

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Mumbai, March 10 (IANS) The cross-examination of Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist-turned-approver David Coleman Headley in the Mumbai terror attack case will start before a Special Court here from March 22 for four days, a legal official said on Thursday.

Advocate Abdul Wahab Khan, lawyer of Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, one of the prime accused in the 26/11 cases, will cross-examine Pakistani-American Headley who had given a weeklong deposition via video-conferencing from a US jail in early February.

Earlier, Wahab Khan had moved applications seeking certain documents and CDs pertaining to the case and also objected to Headley being made an approver in the 26/11 case.

The cross-examination will be conducted before Special TADA Court Judge G.A. Sanap through video-conferencing.

On February 13, Headley’s weeklong examination-in-chief covering a wide-range of issues concerning the conspiracy and perpetrators of the 26/11 attacks, was completed by Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam.

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In December 2015, Headley agreed to turn an approver and in return was pardoned for his role in the terror strikes in Mumbai which left 166 dead.

Advocate Khan added that, if required, Headley could also be re-examined by the prosecution later on after the cross-examination was completed.

Headley, 56, has been sentenced to and is currently serving a 35-year jail term for the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case and the Denmark terror strikes.

During his deposition in the Special TADA Court last month, Headley revealed his association with the LeT and Pakistan’s spy agency ISI, his links with Al-Qaeda, the role of various players including Pakistan army officials in the 26/11 attack.

He also unravelled details of his multiple spying missions undertaken in Mumbai prior to the terror attack and other targeted locations like Pune army headquarters and personalities like the late Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray, how the 26/11 conspiracy was hatched, the failure of two earlier attempts and other crucial revelations.

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