An admitted terrorist-turned government witness ended his testimony this afternoon after five days on the witness stand at the trial of Tahawwur Rana, a Chicago businessman charged with helping in preparations for the deadly terrorist attack in Mumbai in 2008.
After he was repeatedly challenged by the defense, David Coleman Headley acknowledged one last time that he hadn’t always been a model friend to Rana, whom he met in a Pakistani boarding school in 1974.
Patrick Blegen, Rana's attorney, asked Headley if he used Rana again and again over the course of their friendship.
“Yes,” Headley replied.
After watching the jury file out of the courtroom for the day, Headley, the government’s star witness sat, took a sip from a Styrofoam cup and stepped out of the back door of the courtroom, just as quietly as he came in a week ago.
Headley testified for five days in the trial against Rana on charges Rana helped in preparations for the Mumbai attack as well as a plot to attack a Danish newspaper that never took place.
Earlier in the day, Headley testified that Ilyas Kashmiri, an influential leader of the Islamic Struggle Movement, was frustrated over the drone attacks and targeted the CEO defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. Drones are used to attack suspected insurgent sites along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
Kashmiri was indicted for alleged involvement in the Danish plot, but he has never been apprehended to face trial.
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