Indian-origin doc convicted of bomb attack in US

Last Updated: Monday, August 9, 2010 - 23:48

Washington: Indian-origin doctor Randeep
Mann was today found guilty of orchestrating a bombing that
severely injured the chairman of the Arkansas state medical
board in a revenge attack.

Mann was convicted by a federal jury of plotting the
bomb attack in February 2009 against Dr Trent Pierce in
retaliation for his ongoing problems with the medical board.

He was also found guilty of obstructing the
investigation, possessing nearly 100 grenades found near his
residence and possessing an unregistered machine gun, Arkansas
Online reported.

The attack blinded Pierce`s left eye, disfigured his
face and impacted his sense of hearing and smell, besides
other injuries.

According to prosecutors Mann orchestrated the Feb 4,
2009 bombing as he was furious over being reprimanded for over
prescribing painkillers by the board.

The attack occurred weeks before a new investigation
was to begin against Mann over allegations that he continued
to prescribe painkillers even after his permit was lifted.

Mann`s wife Sangeeta was also found guilty on a count
of obstructing investigation.

The Attorney for the eastern district of Arkansas,
Jane Duke, called the victim, the "true hero" of the case.

The Defense attorney said he would appeal the
convictions on grounds of lack of evidence.

The doctor`s defense said there was nothing that tied
Mann forensically to the cache of grenades or the bombing and
that the case was built only on circumstantial evidence.

Mann was arrested a month after the attack when a
cache of grenades was found near his residence. He was charged
for planning the bombing in January this year.


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First Published: Monday, August 9, 2010 - 23:48

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