US likely to extradite 26/11 plotter by 2021

Washington: There is a “strong possibility” of Pakistani Canadian Tahaw-wur Hussain Rana’s extradition to India before the completion of his 14-year jail term in the US in 2021 for plotting the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, an informed source has said. Rana, 58, a resident of Chicago, was arrested in 2009 on the charges of plotting the 26/11 terror attack. In 2013, Rana was sentenced to 14 years’ imprisonment. According to the US officials, he is set to be released in December 2021.

The Indian government, with “full co-operation” from the Trump administration, is currently working on completing the necessary paperwork to ensure the extradition before his current jail term ends in December 2021. India would not seek extradition of Rana on the charges for which he is already serving his jail sentence, as officials pointed out that the “double
jeopardy” clause in the US justice system prohibits to punish a person twice for the same crime. India is seeking extradition of Rana on the ground that he wasactively involved in planning an attack on the National Defence College and Chabad Houses. There is also forgery case registere  against him in India.

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