India’s effort to convince the US to extradite 26/11 key accused fails

The Indian authorities’ effort to convince the United States counterparts to extradite a prime accused in the infamous 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case Tahawwur Hussain Rana, who was the school friend and close associate of dreaded terrorist David Coleman Hedley who plotted the said terror attack in the commercial capital of India, and who was the key supporter of Pakistan-based terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba, has failed to achieve success, as the US has asserted that the extradition would not be considered before the completion of his jail term –the man for which India has filed the extradition request is at present in the US jail serving her fourteen year jail term for his involvement in the terror crimes in the foreign countries including India.

It is to be noted that even after the completion of the jail term Mr. Rana might not be extradited for the 26/11 crimes as he has been already punished by the US for the same crime –and, the US double jeopardy clause does not allow punishment for the same crime twice.

It seems that India is well aware of this fact. Actually, India has not given stress to the 26/11 case in the extradition request, but given stress to the cases against him in connection with his involvement in the development of terror plots to attack the National Deface Collage attack and Chabad Houses.

Mr. Rana’s jail term in the US is likely to end in the year 2023. India’s request for the extradition of Mr. Rana is expected to be considered after that.


Vignesh. S. G

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