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Mumbai court pardons David Headley, makes him an approver in 26/11 case

I: A local court on Thursday granted pardon to David Coleman Headley, one of the main accused in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks case, an accepted him as a prosecution witness.

The court agreed to Headley’s plea to turn an approver in return for pardon while imposing certain conditions on him.

The sessions court has asked Headley to disclose all information that he had revealed earlier to the US court.

Headley had appeared before the sessions court here through a video link from an undisclosed location in the US.

Earlier, Headley’s offer to turn an approver was conveyed to the court by special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam, who sought time to consult with investigating officers on this point.

The Pakistani-American Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist is serving a 35-year jail term in the US for his role as a conspirator in the 26/11 attacks.

“I have received the charging document filed against me in this court. It charges me with same conduct for which I was charged in the US. I had pleaded guilty to the charges in the US and I admitted that I was participant in these charges,” Headley told the court.

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