US committed to full information sharing on Headley with India: Roemer

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New Delhi, Mar 23 (ANI): US Ambassador to India Timothy J. Roemer today clarified on Assistant Secretary Robert O. Blake Junior's comments on Indian access to Lashkar-e-Toiba operative David Coleman Headley, and said Washington is committed to full information sharing and provide substantial information to the Indian Government.

Headley, who has been charged by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for conspiring in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, has pleaded guilty to all 12 charges levelled against him in a US court.

It is reported that Headley struck a deal with US prosecutors, which concludes him not being extradited to India and not receiving the death penalty.

Roemer said: "As the Assistant Secretary indicated, the U.S. is committed to full information sharing in our counter terror partnership and in fact in this case we have provided substantial information to the Government of India and we will continue to do so.

"However, no decision on direct access for India to David Headley has been made. The US Department of Justice will work with the Government of India regarding the modalities of such cooperation."

Union Home Secretary G K Pillai had on Thursday said that India would lodge a protest if Headley is let off lightly, adding that New Delhi would continue to demand access Headley.

Forty-nine-year-old Headley is accused of being a scout for the deadly 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks in which at least 166 people, including six Americans, were killed and for a plot to kill a Danish cartoonist. (ANI)

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