26/11 plotter Tahawwur Rana to be extradited soon from the US


The Hush Post| 10:08 am | two-minute-read

One of the main plotters of 26/11, Tahawwur Hussain Rana, who is serving a 14-year jail term in the US for the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, could be soon extradited to India.

The Indian government, with “full co-operation” from the US government is working on it. The two countries, ainly India is trying to complete the paperwork to make sure the extradition of the Pakistani-Canadian national takes place in time. His current jail term ends in December 2021.

Rana was arrested in 2009. He was arrested on the charges of plotting the 26/11 terror attacks. About 170 people, including US nationals, were killed in the attack carried out by 10 Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists.

Nine of the attackers were killed by police while a lone survivor Ajmal Kasab was arrested. He was later hanged after being handed down a death sentence by an Indian court.

In 2013, Rana was sentenced to 14 years of jail in the US. He will be released in December 2021.

“There is a strong possibility of extradition of Rana to India on completion of his jail term here. We (US and India) are working on this,” a source said.

However, the “challenge” is to complete the paperwork during this period to overcome the redtape in the bureaucracy of the two countries.

India’s Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Law and Justice and the US’ State Department and the Department of Justice, have their own extradition procedures in place. And they are unwilling to cut down or speed up their own schedules and necessary formalities.

Following a recent understanding, officials from both sides have agreed to cut down on the bureaucratic procedures.

As per the existing US law, Rana, a Pakistan-born Canadian national, would most probably be deported to Canada

From now on, the NIA is expected to have direct communication with their US counterparts to cut short the formalities.

If  the US government and the Indian government is unable to complete the necessary paperwork before Rana’s jail-term ends, it would become tough to ensure his extradition.

As per the existing US law, Rana, a Pakistan-born Canadian national, would most probably be deported to Canada. And that is when India and the US will have to be on its toes to complete extradition process.

On the 10th anniversary of Mumbai terror attacks, the Trump administration had made a resolve to bring to justice those involved in the Mumbai attacks.

Vice President Mike Pence had raised this issue during his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in November.

During their recent visit, the NIA team also received guidance from their US counterparts on the paperwork. This is going to be necessary for extradition to meet the requirements of the American judiciary system.

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