Washington: America (America) A court rejected the bail plea of Canadian businessman Tahawwur Rana (Tahawwur Hussain Rana), a Pakistani-originist, described as a fugitive by India for his involvement in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks (26/11). Let me tell you that Rana (59), a childhood friend of David Coleman Headley, was arrested again on 10 June in Los Angeles on the request of extradition of India to be involved in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks case.
166 people including six Americans were killed in this attack. In India, he is declared a fugitive criminal. In a 24-page order on July 21, Judge Jacqueline Chuljian of the US District Court in Los Angeles denied Rana bail, saying she was in danger of absconding. The US government opposed releasing him on bail, contending that if he escaped to Canada, he feared death in India.
US Assistant Attorney John J. Lulejian said in court, “Rana’s presence in the court cannot be ensured by granting bail on any bond.” By granting him bail, America may be embarrassed in his foreign affairs and his relationship with India may get strained. At the same time, Rana’s lawyer said that there is no danger of the 26/11 accused absconding and he proposed to pay a bond of $ 1.5 million to release him on bail.
Rana said in his defense that the US decision not to extradite his co-accused Headley to India is inconsistent and it prohibits his extradition. Born in Pakistan, Rana studied at the Army Medical College and worked as a doctor in the Pakistani Army for over a decade.
He is now a Canadian citizen, but he lived in Chicago, where he owned a business. According to court documents, he also lives in Canada, Pakistan, Germany and England and travels there and speaks seven languages.
Federal prosecutors said he could escape capital punishment if he fled to Canada. In fact, Canada’s extradition treaty with India provides that if the offense for which extradition is sought in India can be sentenced to death and there is no death penalty in Canada, then the extradition refusal can be done.
According to court documents, Rana was found infected with the corona virus in Terminal Island in Los Angeles on April 28, 2020, but did not have symptoms and is now healthy. According to federal prosecutors, between 2006 and November 2008, Rana along with Headley, known as ‘Dawood Geelani’ and a few others in Pakistan, killed Lashkar-e-Taiba and Harkat-ul-Jihad-e-Islami in Mumbai. Helped in plotting and executing the attacks.
Pakistani-American Headley is a Lashkar terrorist. He has become an official witness in the 2008 Mumbai attacks case. He is serving a 35-year prison sentence in the US for his role in the attack.