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NIA wants to question Headley's estranged wife in Morocco

April 15, 2012 20:10 IST

India has sent a formal request to Morocco for examination and recording of statement of Faiza Outalha, Pakistani-American terrorist David Headley's estranged wife, to get more evidence against him as well as Lashkar-e-Tayiba founder Hafiz Saeed.

The Letters Rogatory was sent recently to the Indian Mission in Rabat, the Moroccan capital city, which was passed on to the Moroccan Foreign and Cooperation Ministry requesting access to Outalha to record her statement, official sources said.

The sources said Outalha, the estranged wife of Headley, could give crucial evidence in nailing the lies of Saeed.

The request was passed following approval of a plea of the National Investigation Agency for seeking cooperation of Moroccan authorities in recording her statement, which was also likely to be annexed with the production warrant for Headley, to be sent soon as a special court has sought his appearance on May 31.

The sources said while it was unlikely that Headley would be brought to India, the statement of Outulha would bring out the role played by Saeed in the 26/11 attack in Mumbai that left over 160 people including foreigners dead.

Outalha, during her stay in Pakistan, had met Saeed and complained about Headley to him. She had also gone to the US embassy in Islamabad to complain about the American-born terrorist and his role in terror groups like LeT and Harkat-ul-Jehadi Islami, the sources said, adding that her statement would be recorded.

Outalha, who married 50-year-old Headley in February 2007 and divorced him a year later, had been able to give security agencies an insight into the personal life of Headley which included connections he had in Mumbai.

She had flown to Mumbai from Karachi and the second time, crossed over through Wagah border into India. She had come for the first time in 2007 and stayed with the terror suspect in Taj Mahal Hotel and later in Oberoi-Trident.

Both the luxury hotels were targeted by the terrorists during the Mumbai terror attack in November 2008. She had again come in May 2008 via Wagah and went straight to Manali, where she was on a holiday. She later toured some areas of Shimla including nearby Kufri, a popular tourist destination.

While she claimed that she had since been divorced as Headley allegedly had relations with several women, the investigators got information from her about his alleged links with some upcoming Bollywood actors, prominent party-hoppers of Mumbai and socialites.

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