Chicago Businessman Convicted of Terrorism but Not Mumbai Attacks

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 6:40 pm (UTC-5)
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A U.S. jury has found a Chicago businessman guilty of terrorism, including participating in a plot to attack a Danish newspaper that published controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

The jury Thursday also found Tahawwur Rana guilty of providing material support to the Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba.

But the jury in Chicago found Rana innocent of the most serious charge against him. After two days of deliberations, the jury cleared the Pakistani-born Canadian of involvement in the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people

Rana had been accused of helping David Coleman Headley scout targets in Mumbai before the attacks. The prosecutor said the two were recorded by the FBI shortly after the Mumbai attacks discussing the raid and possible new targets in India and Denmark.

Headley, a Pakistani-American, has already pleaded guilty to terrorism charges and was the U.S. government's star witness in Rana's trial.

Rana has denied all the charges.

In testimony last month, Headley also said the Pakistani terrorist group that carried out the attacks, Lashkar-e-Taiba, received help from Pakistani intelligence.

India has long accused Pakistan of harboring the militants who carried out the Mumbai attacks.

Headley He agreed to testify against Rana as part of a plea bargain and told jurors he used Rana's immigration firm as a cover when he traveled to India.

Rana has lived in Chicago for years and has denied the charges against him.