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26/11: Tahawwur Rana's verdict weakens India's case against ISI

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    India's hope of nailing Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) for masterminding the Mumbai attack was dashed after a US court acquitted 26/11 conspirator Tahawwur Hussain Rana of the charge of providing material support for the terrorist strike.


    India's NIA will now seek documents from the US to chargesheet Headley and Rana for waging war against the nation.
    India believes that the Mumbai attack was an ISI operation and Rana knew about the 26/11 conspiracy beforehand. He had even discussed the videos that David Coleman Headley had shot of Mumbai's Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, the Chhatrapati Shivaji station and the possible landing sites for the Pakistani terrorists.
    The home ministry said that the 26/11 plot had got a boost from Rana's role in getting Headley an Indian visa and opening an immigration office in Mumbai as a cover for Headley's activities. Headley had also told Rana about the timing of the 26/11 attacks and forewarned him to not visit India in November 2008.

    However, in a verdict that is a setback for Indian investigating agencies, a Chicago court said Rana was not guilty of conspiracy in the Mumbai attack - in which six Americans were killed and a conviction could have resulted in a life sentence for him. Home ministry sources said it was unclear if the US prosecution would appeal against the prosecution. The verdict, though, deals a body blow to efforts to link the ISI to the terrorist strike and show this up to the world.

    Foreign minister S.M. Krishna said that India was "not entirely satisfied" with the verdict and that the trial had shown substantial linkages between Headley-Rana and the 26/11 plot. "We are disappointed that Rana was acquitted on the count of conspiracy to provide material support to the Mumbai terrorist attacks," said U.K. Bansal, secretary (internal security) in the home ministry.


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    The development now leaves India's National Investigation Agency (NIA) with a tougher job at hand to bring the 26/11 conspirators to justice. The NIA had lodged a case against Headley, Rana and the six other absconding persons involved in masterminding the 26/11 attacks back in 2009. India had got access to Headley in Chicago in July 2010. India saw a trail in the Rana case and the ISI link to 26/11.
    This had been substantiated by Headley who, in his testimony, said that Rana and the ISI had supported the Mumbai attack. The NIA had decided to wait for the proceedings to conclude in the US court before filing a charge sheet in India against the accused. It has asked for documents and evidence that were produced in the Chicago court.

    A disappointed Indian government did put up a brave face following the setback. "After examining the verdict in the US court and after reviewing the documents and evidence that it expects to receive, NIA will take a decision on filing a charge sheet against Headley, Rana and others in an Indian court," Bansal said. Another official, not willing to be named, said Rana, Headley, ISI Major Iqbal, Jamaat-ud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed and the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT)'s commanders like Sajid Mir and Muzzamil may still be chargesheeted.


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    Privately, government sources admit, this will be an exercise in futility. "Pakistan will never hand over the accused on its soil to India. After the US entered into a plea agreement with Headley to use him as a witness against Rana instead of making Headley an accused, the US has made it clear that Headley cannot ever be extradited to India. Rana may spend the next 30 years in jail following his conviction on counts of plotting the Denmark attack and links with the LeT. So, practically, it would be a charge sheet with no Rana's verdict weakens India's case against ISI Rana's faces a maximum 30 years in prison for plotting attack in Denmark. accused in custody," a top government source.
    India had high hopes riding on the US trial as a conviction for Rana would have meant US could exert pressure on Pakistan to extradite Major Iqbal and the LeT commanders to the US. "After Rana's acquittal, Pakistan may say no case can be proved against these six men as no case could be proved against Rana based on Headley's deposition," the source said. Pakistan had earlier this week already rubbished Headley's assertions about the involvement of an ISI man, Major Iqbal in the Mumbai attack.

    There are now indications that the US prosecution had perhaps not been convinced of the ISI link to begin with. Government sources pointed out that the US justice department release on Friday of the Santiago Proffer document - a document in which the government outlines its case - that the US submitted to the court earlier this month did not mention the ISI and did not refer to Major Iqbal as an ISI officer.

    "Only Headley had said that Major Iqbal was from the ISI. Later, Headley told the court that the ISI establishment was not aware of the 26/11 plot. Later, he even said he had no evidence that Major Iqbal was an ISI officer," the source said.

    Meanwhile, US attorney Patrick J Fitzgerald said Rana's acquittal from charges that he was involved in the 26/11 attacks was disappointing. "No doubt that he (Rana) was acquitted of serious conduct and is convicted of very serious conduct. We are not going to say, we got everything we wanted. We put our evidence forward and the jury found that we did not meet the burden (of proof) there," he said. He defended the decision to enter into a plea agreement with Headley. "I am convinced that we would have made a terrible mistake if we did not sit down with Headley and get all the information that we did. Headley has so far named 34 different targets that had been surveyed. It was well-worth it to take the death penalty off the table and agreed not to allow him to be extradited to India, Pakistan or Denmark. We would be crazy, if we sit around and say it was all about Headley and all we want to do is put him in jail and sit around and let attacks happen," Fitzgerald said.

    26/11: Tahawwur Rana's verdict weakens India's case against ISI : North: India Today
     
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    India never hoped anything officially, whatever comes our way is welcomed. Before jumping guns Pakistanis should underscore the fact that irrespective of this high profile drama in USA India is already dealing with Pakistan directly and has initiated peace process during cricket world cup.

    India had nothing to lose and Pakistan has no brownie points to earn from this whole episode but inconvenience. Rana supported LeT and Let is based in Pakistan; this has been the court's verdict. India can take its case from here and escalate the complaint further if she wants, its not a bad start at all.
     
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    The verdict is that he was guilty of assisting LET that is a terrorist organization and ISI's role in the whole affair is out in the open.

    Not sure what is there to gloat for any Pakistani!
     
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    no one has anything to loose or gain except the hawks in india. they now have less material which they could possibly use to drag ISI in the mumbai attacks.

    and also many here were literally waiting for the US court to link Rana to mumbai attacks so they could change their gears while bashing ISI.
     
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    The non guilty verdict for this guy in 26/11 while guilty verdict for assisting LET and in Danish newspaper case is purely technical.

    If he was assisting the terrorist entity of LET that carried out Mumbai massacre and when Headley has clearly implicated ISI, there is little doubt left now, except for diehard apologists.
     
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    ISI is not clear just yet, there is another lawsuit filed by the Rabbi and his wife's(who were killed in Mumbai attacks) families.
     
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    nothing will change... unless there are some different witnesses for this case
     
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    if that keeps you going, then be it.
     
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    Its fact what he said . If you dont agree with him , why dont you counter him rather than posting one liners that don't mean anything in the context .
     
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    Another defeat for India, RAW and Indian Armed Forces.
     
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    Sirji then what about Headley ???
     
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    wat u propose is not worth it.

    given that i have spent more time on this forum, i know which conversation is worth getting into and may reach an outcome.

    you leave my replies to myself and carry on with your own ways.
     
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    this is what i read: "Only Headley had said that Major Iqbal was from the ISI. Later, Headley told the court that the ISI establishment was not aware of the 26/11 plot. Later, he even said he had no evidence that Major Iqbal was an ISI officer," the source said.

    but lets wait for things to get clearer... its a bit pre mature
     
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