Headley, Rana to be sentenced in Jan

The sentencing of American-born Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist David Headley, accused of involvement in 26/11 Mumbai attacks, has been fixed for January 17 next year while that of his accomplice Tahawwur Rana has been rescheduled for January 15 from December 4.

According to Chicago court spokesperson Randall Samborn, US District Judge Harry Leinenweber will announce the sentence of the accused, who have been charged with conspiracy of 2008 Mumbai attack and plan to attack a Danish newspaper.

"The sentencing date for Tahawwur Rana has been rescheduled from December 4, 2012, to January 15, 2013, and the sentencing of David Coleman Headley has been scheduled for January 17, 2013. Each sentencing hearing is scheduled to begin at 9.45 am on those dates before US District Judge Harry Leinenweber of the Dirksen Federal Courthouse," the spokesperson said.

The 52-year-old Headley, who conducted reconnaissance of targets in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks for Lashkar-e-Toiba, has pleaded guilty to all the charges framed by the FBI.

Headley was accused by the FBI of plotting against the employees of a newspaper in Copenhagen and later of conspiring to bomb targets in Mumbai, providing material support to Lashkar-e-Toiba and aiding and abetting the murder of US citizens in the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Headley pleaded guilty to all charges on March 18, 2010.

The terrorist could have faced death on charges of conspiracy to bomb public places in India and six counts of murdering US nationals in India but he escaped it by entering into a plea bargaining with the FBI under which he will cooperate with their investigation of terrorist activities.

Rana was held guilty by a jury in 2011 of conspiracy to attack a Danish newspaper and aiding Lashkar-e-Toiba but was acquitted of involvement in the Mumbai attacks in 2008.

Rana's plea for acquittal and retrial was dismissed in June this year.

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