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US media seek Headley interrogation tapes

Chicago: Key US media organisations have filed a motion in a court here demanding access to behind-the-scene video tapes of FBI interrogation of Mumbai attacks plotter David Headley, including one showing him "palpably nervous" as he groped for a plea bargain deal.

The motion was filed late on Thursday after federal prosecutors here refused to turn over to various media outlets the video tapes, which were played during the trial of LeT operative Headley`s childhood friend Tahawwur Hussain Rana in June. Headley was the star witness in the trial. Rana`s lawyer had played parts of the tapes in court, suggesting that Headley was trying to dupe their client and save himself. But the lawyer neglected to enter the video into evidence, a technicality now claimed by prosecutors as the reason they do not have to make it public, according to ABC News channel.

As a motion has been filed requesting that the US attorney be directed to turn over the tapes to the media, prosecutors will now have to explain why they are refusing to do so.

In the video, Headley is shown confessing that he took training in LeT camps and under ISI and Pakistani militants linked to al-Qaeda and accepted his role in scouting targets and conducting a recce of Mumbai before the 2008 attacks that killed 166 people, including six Americans.

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