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Chicago Terror Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

Judge denied bail because he's a flight risk



    Chicago Terror Suspect Pleads Not Guilty
    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.

    One of the men accused of plotting to blow up a Danish newspaper and laying the groundwork for the2008 attacks in Mumbai, India, pleaded not guilty this morning during his arraignment.

    Tahawwur Hussain Rana appeared in federal court Monday before U.S.District Judge Harry Leinenweber.

    Rana, one of two men accused of planning an attack on a Danish newspaper whose cartoons were offensive to much of the Islamic world, continues to make desperate pleas to win his release on bond. But Leinenweber has called him a flight risk.

    The 49-year-old Rana owns a Chicago-based immigration service. He faces life in prison for his involvement in the attacks.

    "The stakes couldn't be higher," his attorney, Patrick Blegen, said Monday.  "He very much wants to fight these charges and clear his name."

    His partner, David Headley, is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday.