US national of Pakistani origin David Headley, who is one of the main conspirators in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, testified remotely before the Mumbai court on Monday, saying he had come to the country with a false identity at the behest of a Pakistani Islamist group.
On November 26, 2008, a dozen of members of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), an Islamist militant organization based in Pakistan, started to carry out a series of coordinated shooting and bombing attacks lasting four days across Mumbai. The attacks killed 164 people and wounded at least 308.
Earlier in the day, Headley testified in the Mumbai court through a video conference from an undisclosed location in the United States. Headley, who first confessed his involvement in the attacks in 2010, said he had used a false identity at the behest of his “handler” Sajid Mir, an LeT operative.
According to local media, Headley said he had long been an LeT true follower, and changed his name to come to India. He also added that he had visited Mumbai at least seven times, before and after the attacks.
Indian Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju told reporters that Headley’s confession “will lead us to a logical conclusion of the whole case.”
The US citizen is the first foreign national to testify in India in a terror case.
Headley was arrested by US authorities in 2013 and sentenced to 35 years in jail