Rana`s trial tentatively set for November 1

The trial of Pakistani-Canadian terror suspect Tahawwur Rana, charged with involvement in the Mumbai attacks, is expected to begin on November 1.

Updated: May 12, 2010, 00:19 AM IST

Chicago: The trial of Pakistani-Canadian
terror suspect Tahawwur Rana, charged with involvement in the
Mumbai attacks, is expected to begin on November 1 and go on
for a tentative four weeks, with a US district court judge
here today saying the trial process should start "sooner
rather than later."

During Rana`s status hearing, Judge Harry Leinenweber
set November 1 as a "tentative" date for commencing the trial
of the 49-year-old terror suspect after both prosecution and
defence lawyers agreed to it.

Later talking to PTI, Rana`s lawyer Patrick Blegen
said the "government has estimated the trial to continue for
four weeks but that is a tentative estimation".

"There is only one defendant. There are other
defendants but the government does not have them in its
custody. So it is a one-defendant trial. The prosecution is
the one who has to put on its case, so it would know better
than I as to how long the trial last. The government has said
four weeks is a tentative estimation," Blegen said.

Rana`s co-accused LeT operative David Coleman Headley
had pleaded guilty in March to plotting the Mumbai terror
attacks. However, Rana had stuck to his `not guilty` plea
during the last hearing.

PTI

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