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11/26 Terror Attack: Defendant Tahawwur Rana will be brought to India, US Court Authorization, 166 people were killed in the attack



Washington. A US court in California has authorized the extradition to India of Pakistani-Canadian businessman Tahawwur Rana, wanted in connection with the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks. On June 10, 2020, India has filed a complaint requesting the provisional arrest of Rana, 62, with a view to his extradition. The Biden administration supported and approved Rana’s extradition to India.

In a 48-page order dated May 16, District Court Judge Jacqueline Chooljian of the Central District of California said the court had reviewed and considered all documents presented in support of and in opposition to the application and the arguments presented at the hearing.

The judge said the court found that Rana, 62, could be extradited for the offenses for which his extradition was requested. On November 26, 2008, Rana was arrested in the United States after India requested his extradition for his role in the horrific Mumbai terrorist attacks.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has declared itself ready to initiate proceedings to bring him to India through diplomatic channels. Rana’s role in the 11/26 attacks by Pakistani terrorists from Lashkar-e-Taiba is under investigation by the NIA.

During the hearing, US government lawyers argued that Rana knew that her childhood friend, Pakistani-American David Coleman Headley, was involved in the Lashkar-e-Taiba and therefore aided and encouraged Headley in his activities. terrorist organization and its associates. On the other hand, Rana’s lawyer opposed the extradition.

A total of 166 people, including six Americans, were killed in the Mumbai terror attacks. These attacks were perpetrated by 10 Pakistani terrorists. These attacks continued for more than 60 hours at prestigious and important locations in Mumbai. There is an extradition treaty between India and America. The judge ruled that Rana’s extradition to India fell entirely within treaty jurisdiction.

A terrorist named Ajmal Kasab was taken alive in these attacks, who was hanged in India on November 21, 2012. The remaining terrorists were killed by Indian security forces during the attacks.