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Updated: February 13, 2010 22:33 IST

Headley to be arraigned in Chicago court today

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In this December 10, 2010 courtroom artists drawing terror suspect David Coleman Headley (left) appears in a Chicago court.
PTI In this December 10, 2010 courtroom artists drawing terror suspect David Coleman Headley (left) appears in a Chicago court.

Charged with conspiring in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, Pakistani-American Lashkar-e-Taiba operative David Coleman Headley will be produced in a court here on Wednesday where he will respond to the charges against him.

Headley is set to appear for his arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge Arlander Keys in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois.

Co-accused Tahawwur Hussain Rana appeared in the same court on Monday and pleaded not guilty to providing material support to terror plots in Mumbai and Denmark.

While Headley’s presence had been waived by the defence, which means the terror suspect need not be present at court hearing, officials said he has to be present in court for his arraignment.

This would be Headley’s second appearance in court after he was produced in December last year. He had then pleaded not guilty to the charges filed against him.

Headley and Rana were on January 14 indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of being involved in the Mumbai terror attacks and planning a terror strike against a Danish newspaper in Copenhagen.

The 12-count superseding indictment contains the identical charges that were filed against Headley on December 7 while adding Rana as a defendant in three of the counts charging material support of the terrorism plots in Denmark and India, as well as in support of terrorist group.

Headley and Rana are held up in the Metropolitan Correctional Centre in downtown here.

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