US wants Headley to be brought to justice: Roemer

Acknowledging that India and America share a ‘common enemy’ in terror groups, the US on Thursday said it wants to bring American terror suspect David Headley, charged in the Mumbai attack, to justice and make sure he pays a ‘severe penalty’.

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Indo-US relationship is a growing strategic relationship and there are various areas of opportunities for it to grow.

The US also said it will track people like Headley and other ‘blood thirsty’ terrorists wherever they go to bring them to justice. Headley is currently in US custody. The two countries shared a common perspective of the threat from terror groups and were working closely to enhance security and safety, US Ambassador Timothy Roemer said.

“They (terrorists) can strike very quickly in a blood-thirsty way into any part of the globe and this is something that our President and your Prime Minister is taking very seriously”, he told reporters. On Headley, who faces conspiracy charge in connection with 26/11, Roemer said, “Headley may well be responsible for canvassing, tracking information to pass on to attackers of Mumbai blast. This is the sort of the thing that the US is extremely serious about”.

“We want, along with Indian people and Indian government, to bring him to justice and make sure he pays a severe penalty for what he has done”, Roemer said. “We want Headley to cooperate. We want him to continue giving us valuable information”, he said, adding currently the process of investigation was on and was not being interrupted.

India has been pressing the US to give it access to the Pakistani-American Lashkar-e-Taiba(LeT) operative for interrogation. “The US will track people like Headley and other blood thirsty terrorists wherever they go to bring them to justice”, he asserted

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