David Coleman Headley (aka: Daood Sayed Gilani)


Interrogation tapes of Islamic terrorist, ex-Pakistan Army officer Tahawwur Hussain Rana. He has been convicted convicted of providing support to banned militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba. He has also been convicted for plotting to launch a terrorist attack on the Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten. that published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad [PBUH]

BACKGROUND: Tahawwur Hussain Rana




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Register Number: 22829-424
Age: 57
Race: White
Sex: Male
Located at: Terminal Island FCI
Release Date: 12/28/2021

Tahawwur Hussain Rana (Urduتہوّر حسین رانا‎; born January 12, 1961)[1] is a Pakistani Canadian resident of Chicago, USA who is an immigration service businessman and a former military physician. In 2011, he was convicted of providing support to the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba and of allegedly plotting an attack on the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.[2] He was however not found guilty of involvement in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, a charge for which he was originally detained.[3] Expressing disappointment at the verdict the Government of India stated that National Investigative Agency would charge Rana in a court in Delhi.[4] On January 17, 2013 he was sentenced to 14 years in prison.[5]


Rana and Headley were charged and arrested on 18 October 2009 for plotting attacks on the offices of Jyllands-Posten, the newspaper which published the controversial cartoons of prophet Mohammad.[15] During the subsequent interrogation, it was found out that Rana had traveled to Mumbai and had stayed in Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, one of the places which was attacked by terrorists for over four days in November 2008.[16] His trial commenced on May 16, 2011 in ChicagoIllinois.[17] However, Rana maintains that he visited India with his wife on the pretext of interviewing people wishing to emigrate to Canada and the US, as part of his immigration consultancy business.[13]

Rana and his family say he is a pacifist and has been duped, cheated and framed by Headley.[18][19]


The opening statements of the trial were made on May 23, 2011 in Chicago.[20] Key testimony at the trial was provided by a Government witness and Rana’s childhood friend Headley, who also provided details of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence support for Lashkar-e-Taiba.[21] On June 9, 2011 a jury convicted him of supporting terrorism by providing material support to Lashkar-e-Taiba and planning an aborted plot to bomb a Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten. He was acquitted of the third charge of involvement in the 2008 Mumbai attacks. He faced up to 30 years in prison.[22]

Rana’s attorney said Rana was “in a state of shock” following the conviction. When he made his way to the court room to hear the verdict, he appeared very tense. Members of his immediate family were present during the hearing.[23] In January, 2013, Rana was sentenced to 14 years in prison.[24]

BACKGROUND: David Coleman Headley




David Headley is a Pakistani-American who is currently imprisoned in the US after being convicted in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. On Monday, he deposed via video conferencing before a Mumbai court in connection with the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.

Here are 10 things to know about David Headley:

  1. David Coleman Headley, originally named Daood Sayed Gilani, was born in Washington, D.C. to Sayed Salim Gilani, a well-known Pakistani diplomat and broadcaster.
  2. During the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971, stray bombs hit Headley’s elementary school in Karachi and killed two schools. He was raised in an environment that bred Pakistani nationalism.
  3. He went to the Cadet College Hasan Abdal, a military prep school.
  4. Headley was involved in drug trafficking and himself became an addict. He even used Tahawwur Hussain Rana, a Pakistani army doctor, to smuggle drugs. The doctor had an immigration consulting company in Chicago and Headly used that when Rana emigrated to U.S.
  5. He was caught by U.S Drug Enforcement Administration, but he offered his services as a confidential informant to them. Although, the DEA gained from his inputs, Headley too abused his status as an informant.
  6. Headley also visited Pakistan without the knowledge of the U.S authorities, it was then that he identified with the Lashkar ideology. He became friends with LeT’s spiritual leader, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed.
  7. In February 2002, Gilani went to a Lashkar training camp and did a three-week introductory course on Lashkar ideology and jihad.
  8. In June 2006, Headley’s second wife while applying for a green card under a U.S. law for abused spouses referred to his radicalization and terrorist training. She also mentioned his praise for suicide bombers.
  9. Headley performed five spying missions in Mumbai to identify targets for the attacks, which killed 168 people. At Rana’s trial, Headley revealed the involvement of Pakistan’s Directorate of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in carrying out the attacks.
  10. In January 2013, Headley was sentenced to 35 years in prison for his role in the Mumbai attacks. He is currently serving the same and had initially refused to depose before the Mumbai court.