25 Jan 2013

Mumbai plotter sentenced to 35 years in prison

9:13 am on 25 January 2013

A court in Chicago has sentenced an American man to 35 years in prison for his role in plotting the Mumbai attacks in 2008.

David Headley, 52, was sentenced on 12 charges, including conspiracy to aid the Lashkar-e-Taiba group from Pakistan which carried out the attacks.

Headley pleaded guilty and co-operated to avoid the death penalty and extradition to India. He was arrested by FBI agents in Chicago in October 2009.

A total of 166 people were killed by gunmen during the assault, which began on 26 November, 2008,

and lasted 60 hours at the Mumbai railway station, hotels and a Jewish cultural centre. Nine gunmen were also killed.

The only surviving attacker, Mohammad Ajmal Amir Qasab, of Pakistan, was executed in India last November.