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Nov 26, 2012 at 06:48pm IST

David Headley's extradition under consideration: US Under Secretary

New Delhi: US Under Secretary Wendy Sherman has said that India's request for the extradition of Mumbai terror attack conspirator David Headley, who had surveyed most of the 26/11 targets, is under consideration.

Speaking to CNN-IBN, Sherman said that the ruling for the extradition of Headley to India is expected soon. She says US has given India unprecedented access to Headley. "The US acknowledges Hafiz Saeed is mastermind of 26/11 attacks. President Barack Obama is determined, US will bring Hafiz Saeed to justice," she said.

"If I was an Indian citizen, I would want Headley here and I would want him to face justice here. But US is governed by a rule of law. He will pay for his role. That extradition request is in front of the US now. I expect there will be a ruling on it. I can't speak for the department of justice," she said.

Headley, on March 18, 2010, pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy in the Mumbai terror strike and plotting to attack a Danish newspaper which had published controversial cartoons of prophet Muhammad. He struck a plea-bargain deal with the US authorities.

On November 26, 2008, Ajmal Kasab and nine other Pakistanis, indoctrinated and trained by LeT, landed in Mumbai and went on a shooting spree at various places including the Taj Mahal Hotel and CST railway station, killing 166 people.