Not death, David Headley gets 35-year jail term in US court

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"We have to recognise the significant value of the information. We believe that 30-35 years of imprisonment would be justified and balance and thus be downgraded from life sentence," Collins said.

Former US attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, who appeared in court, urged leniency saying that Headley's decision to become an informant "saved lives."

In addition to providing insight into the personnel, structure, methods, abilities and plans of LeT, Headley took active steps to further the investigation into other terrorists including his handler Sajid Mir.

Mir was a senior Lashkar leader who was one of the main architects of the Mumbai attacks and acted as one of the controllers providing directions to the ten attackers.

Sajid was Headley's handler. Abu Qahafa, a senior Lashkar member who provided combat and other training to the ten attackers, acted as one of the controllers.

Headley's cooperation assisted the government in filing criminal charges against at least seven other individuals, and his testimony helped to secure the conviction of one co-defendant, federal prosecutors said.

Federal prosecutors also pointed Headley cooperated with Indian investigating agencies for seven days and that he has agreed to provide co-operation in the future as well through various means including videoconferencing.

But his extradition has been ruled out.

"As the Court knows, Headley's testimony helped secure a conviction against (Tahawwur) Rana. Further, Headley has agreed to provide truthful testimony in any proceeding in the United States if called upon by the United States Attorney's Office, as well as any foreign judicial proceeding held in the United States by way of deposition, videoconferencing or letters rogatory," Collins said.

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