India has made fresh requests to the United States for extradition of terrorists David Coleman Headley and Tahawwur Rana
India makes fresh bid to get Headley, Rana extradited. David Coleman Headley and Tahawwur Rana are wanted for their roles in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.
The National Investigating agency which is probing the conspiracy behind the 26/11 Mumbai attacks raised the issue with the Deputy Director of the Federal bureau of Investigation(FBI).
The Deputy director was on a visit to India last month where he met senior officials of the National Investigating agency(NIA).
Home ministry officials have visited United states last year and pressed for the extradition of Headley and Rana.
Role of Headley and Rana in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks:
A US citizen of Pakistani origin who explored sites prior to the attacks. He visited India multiple times before the attacks.
Rana who is a Chicago businessman, helped Headley open an immigration firm in Mumbai with forged documents.
This provided Headley with a cover while exploring sites before the attack.
Specific concerns raised by India:
- Multiple requests for custody of Rana raised by India were unanswered
- Though Rana was convicted for providing material support to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), he is yet to be tried for offences that include forgery and criminal breach of trust
- The investigation in US was centered around six American nationals that were killed in the attack
Issues with extradition:
- The double jeopardy clause in the US law prohibits punishment for the same crime twice
- Since Rana is convicted for a crime in US, he cannot be tried for the same crime twice
- The same double jeopardy clause applies in case of Headley who has been sentenced to 35 years of imprisonment by a US court
- This is the major barrier in the extradition of Headley and Rana to India