Tahawwur Rana`s status hearing adjourned in US

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 12:40

Chicago: The status hearing of Pakistani-
Canadian terror suspect Tahawwur Rana, charged with conspiring
in the Mumbai attacks, was on Wednesday adjourned for four weeks.

"The hearing, originally scheduled for August 25, has
now been shifted to September 20," Rana`s attorney Patrick W
Blegen said.

In June, US District Court Judge Harry Leinenweber
rescheduled trial hearing of Rana to February 14, 2011 from
November 1, 2010.

49-year-old Rana was accused along with Pakistani-
American David Headley in a 12-count superseding indictment
for plotting the Mumbai terror attacks and providing material
support to Lashkar-e-Taiba to carry out the assault that left
166 people dead.

Rana, a Chicago-based businessman, was indicted by a
federal grand jury on February 15. He is also accused of
plotting an attack on a Danish newspaper which published
cartoons of Prophet Mohammad.

Rana has pleaded not guilty since his October 2009
arrest and claimed that he was duped by Headley.

However, according to Headley`s plea agreement, he
shared with Rana details of his trips to Pakistan and his
association with LeT. In turn, Rana extensively helped him
carry out the attacks in Mumbai.

Rana also allowed Headley to use his immigration
office -- First World Immigration Services -- as a cover while
he scouted for terror targets in Mumbai, the plea agreement
stated.

Headley had pleaded guilty in March to plotting the
Mumbai terror attacks.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 12:40

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