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David Headley to be sentenced in January

Posted on Nov 29, 02:44PM | IANS

Pakistani American David Coleman Headley, a key plotter in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, will be sentenced Jan 17, it was reported here Thursday.

Headley pleaded guilty to checking targets for the Mumbai attack that left 166 Indians and foreigners dead, a US judge has ruled.

He entered a guilty plea on 12 counts in a Chicago court in 2010, reported BBC.

Headley had initially denied the charges but changed his plea to avoid the death penalty or extradition to India, Pakistan or Denmark.

Nine of the 10 terrorists from Pakistan who sneaked into Mumbai were also killed while the tenth, Ajmal Amir Kasab, was arrested. He was hanged this month.

The sentencing of Headley's former friend, Tahawwur Rana, who was convicted of aiding Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba, has been scheduled for Jan 15.