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Headley's Extradition to India Possible: US Attorney

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The United States has said it will continue to bring to justice the other six people named in Mumbai terror attacks case, including Lashkar-e-Taiba leaders, Headley was sentenced by aChicago court to 35 years in jail for the Mumbai terror attack in 2008.

Acting Attorney Gary S Shapiro told this to reporters after Headley's sentencing.

He said that these six people are fugitives and if the US can ever get its hands on them, it will try to arrest them or have them arrested depending on what country they are found in and extradite to the United States and prosecute.

These six individuals named in the indictment, besides Tahawur Rana, who was sentenced last week, and Headley, are Illyas Kashmiri, Abdur Rehman Hashim Syed alias Pasha, Sajid Mir, Abu Qahafa, Mazhar Iqbal, and Major Iqbal.

Eminent lawyer Ujjwal Nikam has said that, had Headley been tried in India, he would have been sentenced to death for his role in 26/11 Mumbai attacks.

Union Home Secretary R K Singh has also said that India will continue to press for the extradition of David Coleman Headley to India.

He said that New Delhi believes that those guilty for the massacre of 166 people in Mumbai attacks should not be given a sentence less than death.

MEANWHILE: 

Greeting people of India on the occasion of its Republic Day, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that her three trips to the country as the top American diplomat reinforced her "unyielding belief" that the Indo-US strategic partnership is making the world "more united, prosperous and secure".

"The United States and India share an unwavering commitment to democratic government. Our shared values are the foundation for the innovative, entrepreneurial drive that is allowing more and more of our 1.5 billion people to realise their potential," Clinton said in a statement, possibly her last India-specific before she leaves the State Department early next month.

She said her three trips to India as Secretary of State "reinforced my unyielding belief that the US-India strategic partnership is making the world more united, prosperous and secure."

Together, the two countries are strengthening their ties and working to address some of the "most difficult global challenges," Clinton said.

"On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send my best wishes to the people and government of India as you celebrate your 64th Republic Day this January 26th," she said.

"As you celebrate this special day, know that the United States stands with you. Best wishes for a year filled with peace and prosperity," Clinton said.


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