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American Mumbai plotter gets 35 years in prison

Published on Jan 25, 2013 9:29 AM

CHICAGO (AFP) - An American man who admitted to scouting targets ahead of the deadly 2008 Mumbai attacks and then cooperated with US authorities to avoid execution was sentenced on Thursday to 35 years in prison.

David Coleman Headley, 52, pleaded guilty in 2010 to 12 charges related to the carnage in Mumbai and a second plot to attack a Danish newspaper that sparked outrage over its publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

He convinced US federal prosecutors to let him live after he was caught on tape plotting the Danish attack by telling them all he had learned in seven years of working with Pakistani militants.

Former US attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, who brokered the plea deal, said the information Headley provided "saved lives" as he urged Judge Harry Leinenweber to be lenient rather than imposing the maximum sentence of life in prison.

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