Chicago man helped Mumbai attack plot: prosecutor - Pakistan Today

Chicago man helped Mumbai attack plot: prosecutor

US prosecutors on Monday outlined an elaborate plot that allegedly preceded the 2008 attack on Mumbai, saying a Chicago businessman helped make it possible for militants to scout their targets. “He (Rana) not only knew of the attacks, he approved of them, and agreed with them” prosecutor Sarah Streicker said in her opening statement to the jury in US District Court in Chicago. A number of Pakistanis accused of helping to orchestrate the attack, described as co-conspirators, knew about Rana and were “appreciative of his assistance”, Streicker said.
Rana, a Pakistan-born Canadian citizen, is accused of using his immigration services firm to provide a cover story for David Headley, an American who has admitted to scouting targets in Mumbai for the Pakistani militant group Laskhar-e-Tayyaba. Although Rana did not carry a gun or throw a grenade, he played a vital role in the run-up to Mumbai with resources and other support, including using his business as a conduit for communications with militants, Streicker said. At one point after the 2008 attack, Streicker said Rana told Headley “the Indians deserved it”. Headley, tipped as the key witness, has pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty and to keep from being extradited.

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