A Chicago businessman goes on trial Monday, charged in an international terror plot to attack a Danish newspaper and the 2008 terrorist rampage that left 166 people dead in the Indian city of Mumbai.
Tahawwur Rana is a Canadian national born in Pakistan who lived in Chicago for more than 12 years. Rana pleaded not guilty to charges he used his business to provide cover for a man who admitted to plotting the attack in Denmark and scouting out likely sites for terrorist actions in Mumbai.
Federal prosecutors say Rana knew in advance that a Pakistan-based terrorist group would attack Mumbai. A federal filing in December revealed that Rana and an accused co-conspirator, David Coleman Headley, were secretly recorded during a car ride prior to the attack on the Indian city.
Headley, who pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty, is expected to testify against Rana.
Rana and Headley also allegedly planned an attack on a Danish newspaper in retaliation for what some Muslims believe were anti-Islamic cartoons published in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten in 2005.
The attack on the newspaper never occurred.
Published at 8:32 AM CDT on May 16, 2011