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Headley to be sentenced today

Posted on Jan 24, 10:12AM | IBNS

David Coleman Headley, who has admitted to helping plot the Mumbai attacks in 2008, will be sentenced by a court here on Thursday.

US federal prosecutors have sought a 30-35 jail term for the 52-year-old Headley, keeping in view his cooperation with the investigation.

Gary Shapiro, the acting US Attorney in Chicago said on Tuesday that the 30-35 year sentence recommended by the prosecution for Headley was fair.

"While his criminal conduct was deplorable, the uniquely significant cooperation which he provided to the government's efforts to combat terrorism supports the government's recommendations," reports quoted him as saying in a memo to the federal court on Tuesday.

Headley has been convicted of colluding with terrorist outfits such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and Al-Qaeda.

On Wednesday, India's foreign minister Salman Khurshid expressed disappointment at America's refusal to extradite Headley to India.

"We understand that they have a legal structure which has to be adhered to. We were anxious and we were wishing that the trial takes place here but it has taken place there (in US)," Khurshid said.