Washington: Pakistani-born Canadian businessman Tahawwur Rana was arrested in Los Angeles on an extradition request made by India for his involvement in the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack, in which 166 people were killed, prosecutors said. AMERICANS.
Tahawwur Rana, 59, was recently released from prison on compassionate grounds after he told a court that he tested positive for COVID-19. He was arrested again in Los Angeles on June 10, following an extradition request from India, where he was declared a fugitive, they said.
Assistant justice minister John J Lulejian told the court that the Indian government, as in the 1997 Bilateral Extradition Treaty, requested the arrest and detention of Tahawwur Rana for extradition.
Lulejian said India has informed the United States that Tahawwur Rana is being prosecuted for several offenses, including conspiracy to commit murder. He made his first appearance in court on June 11.
On Friday, US District Judge Jacqueline Chooljian in the US District Court, Central District of California, scheduled for her bail hearing on June 30. His lawyer was invited to present his argument on June 22 and the reaction from the United States is expected on June 26.
Lulejian said that the offenses for which Tahawwur Rana’s arrest warrant was issued are covered by the India-US Extradition Treaty.
An arrest warrant was issued against Tahawwur Rana in India by a special tribunal of the Agency’s National Investigation in August 2018.
Prosecutors say between 2006 and November 2008, Tahawwur Rana conspired with his childhood friend David Coleman Headley and others in Pakistan to help the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Harakat ul-Jihad-e-Islami in both US-designated terrorist organizations, to plan and carry out Mumbai attacks.
Tahawwur Rana was first arrested in Chicago in October 2009. Subsequently, he went to trial in the United States, where Headley testified for the prosecution.
The jury found him guilty of one count of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorism in Denmark and one count of providing material support for hire. The jury, however, acquitted Tahawwur Rana of one count of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorism in India.