November Trial Scheduled for Chicago Terror Suspect

Tahawwur Rana charged in plot to attack Danish newspaper, Mumbai rampage

Tuesday, May 11, 2010  |  Updated 4:05 PM CDT
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In this Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009 file courtroom sketch, Chicago terrorism suspect Tahawwur Hussain Rana appears before federal Magistrate Judge Nan Nolan, in Chicago. Federal prosecutors say Rana knew in advance about the deadly Mumbai terror attacks and offered congratulations to the killers.

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A judge has set a tentative date of Nov. 1 for the trial of a Chicago businessman charged in a 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's lived in Chicago for more than a dozen years. Rana has pleaded not guilty to charges that accuse him of using his business to provide cover for a man who's admitted 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

 

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