NIA has misinterpreted my statements: Headley

RSTV Bureau
File photo of David Coleman Headley, the Pakistani -American LeT terrorist. A Mumbai court directed that Headley must be produced in the 26/11 terror attack case on December 10 by video-conference while allowing a plea by Mumbai police to make him an accused. PTI Photo

File photo of David Coleman Headley, the Pakistani -American LeT terrorist. A Mumbai court directed that Headley must be produced in the 26/11 terror attack case on December 10 by video-conference while allowing a plea by Mumbai police to make him an accused. PTI Photo

Pakistani-American LeT terrorist, David Coleman Headley’s cross-examination in the 26/11 trial resumed for the fourth day in a Mumbai court.

During questioning, Headley alleged that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) misinterpreted some of his statements. He said his statement on 26/11 and Ishrat Jahan was recorded incorrectly by the agency.

He claimed that his statements were not read out to him, nor did he seek a copy of his statement recorded by the NIA.

“I cannot explain why NIA did not did not record my statement in my exact words… They never read out the statement to me after recording… I did not ask for the copy and they never gave me a copy,” Headley said.

The 55-year-old Lashkar-e-Taiba operative turned approver is being cross-examined by lawyer Abdul Wahab Khan, who is defending Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, one of the prime accused in the 26/11 Mumbai terror strikes that killed 164 people in November 2008.

Headley also revealed on the LeT threat to former Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray. Headley revealed that 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed had told that the late Bal Thackeray “needed to be taught a lesson”. Headley also told the court that he assured Saeed that the task would be done.

Earlier Headley had told the court that the person who was sent to kill Thackeray was arrested but he managed to escape from police custody.

“I don’t have firsthand knowledge about this though,” Headley had said.

On Wednesday Headley revealed that Former Pakistan PM Yousuf Raza Gilani, who was in power in 2008, had visited his home within weeks after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. In another shocking revelation, Headley said that he hated India and Indians ever since an India plane bombed his school in Pakistan in 1971.

“It is not correct to say that the then Prime Minister of Pakistan–Yousuf Raza Gilani– had attended the funeral of my father who passed away a month after the Mumbai terror attacks on 26/12/2008. Infact, he (Gilani) visited our house (in Pakistan) a few weeks thereafter,” Headley told special judge GA Sanap, via a video-link from the US, who is hearing the case against Abu Jundal.

Headley further said that his father, who was a Director General with Pakistan Radio, knew about his links with with LeT and was not happy about it.

Headley also told the court that he had developed hatred towards India and Indians since his childhood and wanted to “cause maximum damage since then”.

When asked about the reasons of his hatred, Headley said, “My school was bombed in 1971 by Indian planes and that time, I developed this feeling.”

People were killed in the attack, he said, adding it was one of the reasons that why he joined the LeT.

Headley was convicted in 2013 in the US for his role in the November 2008 Mumbai attacks. He is currently serving a 35 year jail term there.

(With inputs from PTI)