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U.S. opposes Rana plea to delay extradition course of

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Assistant U.S. State lawyer tells courtroom request has no advantage

The U.S. authorities has opposed one more plea by Tahawwur Rana, key accused within the 26/11 Mumbai terror assault, to file extra reply in a U.S. courtroom that will delay the extradition proceedings slated to start on April 22.

Rana is needed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) within the 2008 terror assault case that claimed 166 lives together with six Americans.

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Rana, who was lodged in a U.S jail, was launched in June final 12 months after an Illinois courtroom commuted his jail sentence (scheduled to recover from in September 2021) after he examined optimistic for COVID-19. Following his launch he was provisionally arrested by the federal police within the wake of the pending extradition request from India and is at the moment lodged in a Los Angles jail.

Assistant U.S. State lawyer John J. Lulejian submitted earlier than a courtroom in Los Angeles that “Rana’s assertion that he needs a sur-reply (additional reply ) is without merit.”

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“Rana already had the opportunity to address, and did address, Article 6 in his opposition brief. Indeed, Rana’s belief that the United States “put the issue in play” in its opening memorandum solely additional confirms that he ought to have absolutely addressed Article 6 in his response transient. Without any clarification of what points he was unable to handle beforehand, his movement falls flat,” the observe submitted by U.S lawyer says.

Rana submitted in courtroom on February 6 that his extradition is barred underneath Article 6 of the United States-India extradition treaty as he had beforehand been acquitted of the offences for which his extradition is sought.

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The U.S. lawyer’s submission additionally mentioned, “Rana should not be given the opportunity to file a sur-reply simply because the United States submitted more pages, particularly where Rana otherwise had a full opportunity to brief the contested issues.”

“Counting the number of pages that the parties used to address the key issues of the case is not persuasive. Both the United States and Rana knew that the Court, at the parties’ request, generously increased the page limit of the briefs from 25 to 50 pages so that the parties would thoroughly address the issues relevant to extradition. The United States, which bears the burden in these extradition proceedings, used its allotted pages to detail the relevant extradition law and procedures, to establish that the required elements of extradition are satisfied, and in its reply, to provide a detailed and focused response to the specific challenges presented by Rana in his 22-page opposition,” the U.S. lawyer mentioned.

Unlike his faculty good friend and prime accused David Coleman Headley, Rana didn’t enter right into a plea bargin with the U.S. authorities that will have barred his extradition to India.

The Pakistani-Canadian citizen who was arrested in 2009 was convicted by a U.S courtroom in 2013 for offering materials assist to the Pakistan based mostly terror outfit- Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

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