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  1/25/2013, Shevat 14, 5773

35 Years on Plea Bargain for Aiding Mumbai Terrorists


Pakistani-American David Headley (born Daood Sayed Gilani) was sentenced by a federal district court in the United States to 35 years in prison followed by five years supervised release, Thursday, for his role in assisting terrorists from Pakistan's Lashkar-e-Taiba organization, who attacked the Indian city of Mumbai in November 2008, killing 160 people, including Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife Rivka, as well as four Jewish visitors to the Chabad center they ran. By virtue of his plea-bargain, Headley avoided the death penalty on 12 charges, which included conspiracy to blow up public places and commit murder. Because of his cooperation with American and Indian authorities, prosecutors sought the 35-year sentence instead of life in prison.

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