Testimony Concludes in Mumbai Terror Trial

U.S. rested their case Monday against Tahawwur Rana

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    In this 2009 courtroom sketch, terrorism suspect Tahawwur Hussain Rana appears before federal Magistrate Judge Nan Nolan, in Chicago.

    The trial of a Chicago businessman accused in fatal attacks in Mumbai in 2008 is drawing to a close.

    The prosecution rested its case Monday morning after calling a total of eight witnesses.

    The defense called only two witnesses -- a computer forensics expert and an immigration attorney, before resting its case.

    Closing arguments are expected to begin Tuesday.

    Tahawwur Rana is accused of providing cover for longtime friend David Coleman Headley, who has admitted to laying groundwork for the rampage on India's largest city. He's pleaded not guilty.

    Headley is an admitted Pakistani-American terrorist who conducted surveillance before the 2008 attacks. He's pleaded guilty in the case and was tthe prosecution's star witness in the case, spending five days on the stand detailing how he worked with both Pakistani intelligence and a militant group as he scoped sites ahead of the attacks.

    Six others were charged, in absentia, along with Rana. One of the six charged was Ilyas Kashmiri. Kashmiri was believed to be al-Qaida's military operations chief in Pakistan. MSNBC.com reports that Kashmiri was killed in a drone strike in Pakistan, near the Afghan boarder on Friday.

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