‘Make Rana, Headley’s wife 26/11 abettors’

March 17, 2016 12:00 am | Updated 05:48 am IST - Mumbai:

The defence advocate in the ongoing 26/11 terror trial filed an application in the City Civil and Sessions Court on Wednesday seeking to make Tahawwur Hussain Rana, one of the accused in the case, and David Headley’s first wife, Shazai Gilani, abettors of the crime.

Advocate Wahab Khan filed the application before judge G.A. Sanap, who was presiding over the deposition proceedings of the accused-turned-approver David Headley.

The application said that Rana, a U.S. citizen, was undergoing a sentence in an American prison and Shazi Gilani alias Shuzi was a Moroccan citizen.

Headley had admitted that the Mumbai attack plan was discussed with Rana in advance and his office offering immigration services was used as a cover for conducting reconnaissance prior to the terror strike, the application said. Headley had also said that Rana financed him from the U.S.

In addition, Rana facilitated communication between Headley and his Pakistani handlers. The application has been posted for hearing on Thursday.

Headley had, in his deposition last month, said that he had visited Mumbai on several occasions and was in constant touch with Rana. He had also said that Rana had come to receive him in Mumbai and given him money on several occasions.

Mr. Wahab, also appearing for Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, one of the handlers of 26/11 attackers, will cross-examine Headley from March 22 to March 25 in the court.

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