Chicago: US attorney Charles Swift, who is representing Canadian-Pakistan Tahawwur Hussain Rana in his trial here for his alleged role in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, says his client has been betrayed by his friend David Headley.
A former US Navy attorney in the rank of a lieutenant commander, Seattle-based Swift has made a career out of defending high-profile accused terrorists, including Osama bin Laden's driver Salim Ahmed Hamdan and Pakistani woman Aafia Siddiqui who was jailed for 86 years last year for shooting at US soldiers in Afghanistan.
"Rana's only crime was to be friends with David Headley and to be in business with David Headley...David Headley betrayed that," Swift told the Chicago Tribune.
Rana's innocent gestures were "twisted by the government into terrorist acts" and he did nothing more than open his business to a friend who betrayed him, the attorney said....more
11:04 AM, May 23, 2011