Rana opposes extradition to India

Washington, February 5

Pakistani-origin Canadian businessman Tahawwur Rana, a key accused in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, has opposed his extradition to India, arguing that he has previously been acquitted of the offences for which his extradition is sought.

Rana (59), a childhood friend of David Coleman Headley, was re-arrested in June 2020 in Los Angeles on an extradition request by India for his involvement in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack in which 166 persons, including six Americans, were killed. He has been declared a fugitive by India.

The motion in opposition of Rana’s extradition was filed by his attornies early this week before the US District Court Judge in Los Angeles, Jacqueline Chelonian.

Rana’s extradition is barred under Article 6 of the US-India extradition treaty because he has previously been acquitted of the offences for which extradition is sought, his attorneys argued. The US Government, which is supporting his extradition, is expected to file its motion soon. — PTI

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