US Court Urged To Certify India’s Plea To Extradite Tahawwur Rana For Involvement In 26/11 Attacks

The US govt. has urged a federal court in LA to certify India’s request to extradite Tahawwur Rana who was allegedly involved in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.

Aboli Vaze

March 23, 2021

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The Biden administration has reportedly urged a federal court in the USA to certify India’s request for extraditing Tahawwur Rana. Rana, a Pakistani-Canadian businessman, is sought for his involvement in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. As per the reports, the assistant US attorney said in his submission that Rana ‘met all the criteria’ to be extradited to India and to be tried in this case. Watch the news video below to find out more details.

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Who is Tahawwur Rana?

Rana is reportedly a childhood friend of David Coleman Headley who was allegedly involved in plotting the 2008 Mumbai terror attack. Rana has been accused of helping him and has been declared a fugitive by India. US district court judge in Los Angeles has reportedly scheduled Rana’s extradition hearing on 22nd April.

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Rana’s role in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack

As per the reports, the government’s theory has ‘two essential pillars’ when it comes to Rana’s involvement in the terror attacks. One is that Headly informed Rana he was working with the terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba, including in preparation for the Mumbai attacks. Second, Rana ‘furthered’ Headly’s efforts on behalf of LET, including opening the Mumbai office of the immigrant law centre, providing a cover of David’s surveillance in Mumbai, and helping him obtain a business visa for India by submitting false documents. These are major charges against Rana.

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Chief US correspondent of PTI, Lalith Jha, said that this shows that the US government is going to support the Indian government’s request to extradite Rana. He also added that on February 4th Rana had opposed his extradition to India citing certain reasons and said that he has already been convicted for a crime in the US and cannot be convicted again for the same crime in India. As per Jha, all his appeals have been dismissed by the US govt. and a fresh motion has been submitted to the LA court regarding his extradition.

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