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US had once financed my trip to Pak: Headley

Pakistani-American terrorist David Headley today said that the US had once financed his trip to Pakistan and also claimed that he had “donated” about Rs.70 lakh to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) till 2006, two years before the Mumbai attacks.

The 55-year-old terrorist, who was cross-examined via a video link from the US, told the court that after his arrest in 1998, “The Drug Enforcement Authority (DEA) of the US financed my trip. I was in contact with DEA then, but it is not true that between 1988 and 1998 I was providing information or assisting DEA”.

Headley, who is serving a 35-year jail term in the US and has turned approver in the 26/11 case, contradicted reports that he had received money from the LeT.

“I never received money from LeT…this is complete nonsense. I gave funds to LeT myself. I had donated more than 60 to 70 lakh Pakistani Rupees to LeT throughout the period I was associated with them. My last donation was in 2006”, Headley told the court.

He clarified that the money given was not for any specific operation of LeT, but was a general donation primarily for many things.

“These donations were from my business in New York and from the income that I earned by selling and purchasing some properties in Pakistan. I don’t remember if I informed US authorities about my donations to LeT,” he said.

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