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26/11 attacks: Tahawwur Rana arraignment on May 4

A US District Court on Wednesday set the arraignment of Tahawwur Hussain Rana, co-accused with LeT operative David Coleman Headley for 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, on May 4.



Chicago: A US District Court on Wednesday set
the arraignment of Tahawwur Hussain Rana, co-accused with LeT
operative David Coleman Headley for 26/11 Mumbai terror
attacks, on May 4.

Judge Harry Leinenweber, while fixing the date for
Rana`s trial said "there are 75 jurors so far."
Rana, a Pakistani-Canadian and a resident of Chicago
who owns First World Immigration, will have to appear in court
on May 4.

Yesterday, in a second superseding indictment, US
prosecutors charged four additional men in the 26/11 terror
attacks that left 166 dead including six Americans.

The new defendants are: Sajid Mir, a handler in the
LeT also known as `Wasi`, `Ibrahim`, and `Sajid Majeed`, `Abu
Qahafa`, `Mazhar Iqbal` also known as `Abu Al Qama`; and a
fourth defendant known only by the alias `Major Iqbal`.

An unnamed individual `Lashkar Member D` was also
mentioned. All are residents of Pakistan and none of them are
in US custody.

Randall Samborn, spokesman for the US Attorney`s
Office, said he would not comment on whether Headley provided
the names of the new defendants or if US officials know where
they are.

While Headley was in India for the purpose of
conducting surveillance starting in or about July 2008, Major
Iqbal communicated with Headley by passing messages to Headley
through Tahawwur Hussain Rana, the indictment stated.
The indictment comes about two weeks before the May 16
trial of Rana.

While Rana has not pleaded guilty saying he was duped
by Headley, the latter on the other hand has pleaded guilty in
scouting targets for the recce and said he had coordinated the
planning of the attacks with Rana.

According to Samborn`s statement, they were charged
with six counts of aiding and abetting the murder of US
citizens in India (Counts Three through Eight), and three of
them, Mir, Abu Qahafa and Mazhar Iqbal were charged with
conspiracy to bomb public places in India (Count One).

Those seven counts each carry a maximum penalty of
life imprisonment or death.

All four were also charged with one count of
conspiracy to murder and maim in India (Count Two) which
carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.
Mir, Abu Qahafa and Mazhar Iqbal were also charged
together with conspiracy to provide material support to
terrorism in India (Count Nine); Mir was charged with
conspiracy to murder and maim in Denmark (Count Ten) as well
as conspiracy to provide material support to terrorism in
Denmark (Count Eleven); and the four new defendants were
charged with providing material support to Lashkar-e-Tayyiba
(Count Twelve).

The maximum penalty on Counts Nine, Ten and Twelve is
life imprisonment, while Count Eleven carries a maximum of 15
years in jail.

Rana was indicted by a federal grand jury under 12
counts on February 15 last year for planning out the attacks,
providing material support to LeT to carry out the bombings,
and guiding Headley in scouting targets in Mumbai in the
process.

Headley, who was originally Daood Gilani, changed and
anglicised his name in order to carry out the carnage without
disclosing his Pakistani identity.
Rana, who had served as a doctor in the Pakistani Army
Medical Corps before he migrated to Canada, is also accused in
plotting an attack with Headley on a Danish newspaper Jyllands
-Posten that published cartoons of Prophet Muhammad.

If convicted, Rana faces a possible life sentence.

PTI

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