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US Mumbai attacks plotter given 35 years

Publish date: 28 January 2013
Issue Number: 3201
Diary: Legalbrief Today
Category: Criminal

A US man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for his key role in plotting the deadly Mumbai attacks in 2008.

A BBC News report notes that David Coleman Headley (52) was sentenced on 12 counts, including conspiracy to aid militants from the Pakistani group Lashkar-e-Taiba who carried out the attacks. Headley pleaded guilty and co-operated to avoid the death penalty and extradition to India. More than 160 people were killed by gunmen during the assault. After initially denying the charges, Hadley eventually pleaded guilty and admitted to scouting potential target locations in Mumbai. He also confessed to helping plan an aborted plot to behead staff at a Danish newspaper that had published a cartoon many Muslims deemed offensive, the report states. Full BBC News report