A US courtroom has ordered the continued detention of Pakistani-origin Canadian businessman Tahawwur Rana, who has been declared a fugitive by India for his involvement within the 2008 Mumbai terror assault case.
Rana, 59, a childhood buddy of David Coleman Headley, was just lately re-arrested on June 10 in Los Angeles on an extradition request by India for his involvement within the 2008 Mumbai terror assault wherein 166 folks, together with six Americans, have been killed.
He is a declared fugitive in India.
A federal district courtroom on Thursday scheduled his subsequent day of bail listening to on August 21.
In his extradition case held earlier than Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Chooljian, the US District Court of Los Angeles ordered that Tahawwur Hussain Rana be “temporarily detained” until his subsequent listening to on August 21.
“Court orders defendant temporarily detained pending further briefing and issuance of decision on detention motion,” it mentioned.
Describing Rana a flight threat, the US has opposed his launch on bail, arguing that if he have been to flee to Canada, he could escape the potential of a demise sentence in India.
“Given the stakes, allowance of bail in any amount would not guarantee Rana”s presence in court. Granting bail would invite the possibility of embarrassing the United States in the conduct of its foreign affairs, straining its relationship with India,” Assistant US Attorney John J Lulejian mentioned.
According to the federal prosecutors, between 2006 and November 2008, Rana conspired with Headley, often known as “Daood Gilani”, and others in Pakistan to help Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Harakat ul-Jihad-e-Islami, each US-designated terrorist organisations, to plan and perform the Mumbai terrorist assaults.
Pakistani-American LeT terrorist Headley was concerned in plotting the 2008 Mumbai terror assault. He was made an approver within the case, and is at present serving a 35-year jail time period within the US for his function within the assault.
India seeks his arrest on quite a lot of offences, together with the conspiracy to commit homicide, conspiracy to commit forgery for the aim of dishonest, and homicide below related sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). He is hunted for his function in 2008 terrorist assaults in Mumbai.
The 2008 Mumbai assault was one among India’s most horrific terrorist assaults wherein 166 folks have been killed and over 300 injured as 10 heavily-armed terrorists from Pakistan created mayhem.
Pakistani nationwide Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the lone terrorist captured alive, was hanged to demise on November 21, 2012.
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