Joe Biden administration urges US court to certify India’s request for extradition of Tahawwur Rana

Joe Biden administration urges US court to certify India’s request for extradition of Tahawwur Rana

Washington: The Biden administration has requested a federal court in Los Angeles to certify India’s request for extradition of fugitive Pakistani-origin Canadian businessman Tahawwur Rana for his involvement in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, stating that Meets all the criteria required for handover.
Judge Jacqueline Chuljian of the US district court in Los Angeles has scheduled an extradition hearing for April 22.
Assistant US Attorney John J. Luljian, appearing before a federal US court in Los Angeles, California, said 59-year-old Rana met all the criteria to be extradited to India for his trial in the Mumbai terror attack. On 4 February, Rana’s lawyer opposed his extradition.
Luljian said in his 61-page ruling on Monday, “The United States respectfully requests that after April 22, 2021, the extradition hearing, the court uphold India’s request for a decision to extradite Rana.”
David Coleman Headley’s childhood friend, Rana, was arrested again on June 10 in Los Angeles on extradition request by India for his involvement in the Mumbai terror attack, killing 166 people, including six Americans. He has been declared a fugitive by India.
“Fugitive Tahawwur Hussain Rana wants to be prosecuted in India for offenses related to his role in the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India that killed 166 people, killed 239 people, and caused more property damage,” Lullian said. , ”Of USD 1.5 billion.
As per the Indo-US extradition treaty, the Indian government has requested formal extradition of Rana, and the United States has initiated extradition proceedings.
Luljian said that in this case the criteria for certification of extradition is satisfactory.
These criteria are: The court has both personal and thematic jurisdiction, an extradition treaty between the United States and India that is in full force and effect, and the offenses for which Rana’s extradition is sought are those of the treaty. Are covered by the terms.
There is evidence to establish probable cause in India’s extradition request that the person appearing in court is the fugitive who committed the crime for which extradition is requested, Luljian argued.
In his submission in court on 4 February, Rana’s counsel argued that Rana’s extradition has been withheld under Article 6 of the United States-India Extradition Treaty, as he had previously been acquitted of the offenses for which Her extradition was sought, and the treaty under Article 9 because the government has not established probable cause to believe that Rana committed the alleged crimes.
Luljian said the court should find that Rana’s extradition is not barred under Article 6 of the Indo-US Extradition Treaty.
While there is ample evidence that Rana assisted and ended the Mumbai attack, he claims that he should not be extradited because the probable cause is lacking. Lulajian said Rana’s claim was based on an improper attempt to attack the credibility of a key witness against him.
Rana did not even say that he is the person to whom India has made allegations. The Assistant US Attorney stated that instead, he merely challenges whether Article 6 of the treaty precludes his extradition and whether probable cause exists that he is committed for the crimes for which India would have requested his extradition is.
Luljian said that Headley’s plea agreement is irrelevant because Rana cannot benefit from his terms. Not only is Rana in a different position than Headley, as he pleaded not guilty or cooperated with the United States, as he has a right, but Headley’s inability to benefit from the negotiated terms of the plea agreement The confirmation petition comes from the text of the agreement. on one’s own.
He said Rana’s extradition proceedings are separate from Headley’s criminal proceedings and are being isolated by the United States Attorney’s Office from the man who negotiated the plea agreement with Headley.
He stated that by its terms, Rana has no authority under Headley’s plea and is therefore prohibited from relying on it under the treaty in an attempt to undermine the United States’ position on its extradition capacity.
The lawyer said, “Rana has failed to demonstrate that he cannot be extradited to India as a result of his prior prosecution in the United States.”
Rana questioned the credibility of key witness David Headley, attempting to downplay India’s probable cause. Not only is Rana’s challenge unreasonable in this extradition proceeding, but his claims are also not supported by the law or the evidence.
Headley, a Pakistani-American Lashkar terrorist, was involved in plotting the 2008 Mumbai terror attack. He was made an approver in the case, and is currently serving a 35-year prison sentence in the US for his role in the attack.

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