Washington, November 30
A US court has set February 12 as the date of hearing for extradition of Pakistani-origin Canadian businessman Tahawwur Rana, who has been declared a fugitive by India for his involvement in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack case.
Rana, 59, a childhood friend of David Coleman Headley, was re-arrested on June 10 in Los Angeles on an extradition request by India for his involvement in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack in which 166 people, including six Americans, were killed.
Rana was earlier arrested in October 2009 by the US police soon after Headley’s arrest at Chicago O’Hare airport.
US District Court Judge in Los Angeles Jacqueline Chelonian said in her order on November 13 that the Extradition Hearing in this case is scheduled at 10 am on February 12.
Rana has time till December 21 to file his opposition to the request for extradition. The United States Government will have another months’ time to file its reply.
In its motion on September 28, the US government supported Rana’s extradition to India where he has been charged with the offenses of conspiracy to wage war, commit a terrorist act, the waging of war, the commission of murder, and a terrorist act.
Rana, in his defense, has argued that the US’ decision not to extradite his co-conspirator, David Headley, to India is inconsistent and bars his extradition.
However, the US government argued differently “because Headley fulfilled the required terms, the plea agreement established that Headley would not be extradited to India,” said US attorney Nicola T Hanna. “Rana’s situation is different because he neither pleaded guilty nor cooperated with the United States,” he said. — PTI
US govt supports extradition
- In its motion on September 28, the US Government supported Rana’s extradition to India
- Rana has argued that America’s decision not to extradite David Headley is inconsistent and bars his extradition