Thursday, January 17, 2013

Nick Carey - Chicago Man Gets 14 Years For Aiding Pakistani Militant Group Reuters

By Nick Carey

CHICAGO Thu Jan 17, 2013 4:59pm EST

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A national ascertain sentenced some sort of Pakistani-born Chicago businessman on Thursday to be able to fourteen years inside prison for supplying assistance that will a great Islamic militant class blamed with the dangerous 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Tahawwur Rana, 52, a past Pakistani Army health care provider having Canadian citizenship, had also been found in the wrong inside June 2011 connected with conspiring for you to infiltration a new Danish newspaper, your display hatched through the militant group this has been never took out.

Judge Harry Leinenweber explained this individual gotten numerous coorespondence coming from friends and family members, friends and the like testifying of which Rana ended up being an "intelligent man ready to provide counselling within a simple method to be able to many, many people."

"What is definitely puzzling. is actually just how this kind of individual might get taken in to a dastardly plot," Leinenweber stated for the sentencing hearing.

Rana have been located guilty connected with providing assist on the militant team Lashkar-e-Taiba, blamed with regard to orchestrating 2008 approaches inside Mumbai of which killed 166 people. He were located to become complicit within the attacks.

In the actual trial, the important enjoy - Rana's my child years friend, David Headley - implicated Pakistan's brains agency, ISI, while in the Mumbai attack.

Headley pleaded guilty to help scouting focuses on for the Mumbai attackers directed by way of Lashkar-e-Taiba, that your U.S. State Department offers given a terrorist organization. Headley, a strong American that has a Pakistani father, is because always be sentenced upon January 24.

The plot to strike the actual Danish classifieds Jyllands-Posten appeared to be intended seeing that retaliation for that paper's choice within july 2004 to print 12 cartoons simply by numerous artists, almost all of which usually depict the Prophet Mohammad. The conspirators reviewed beheading workers in the paper.

Prosecutor Daniel Collins argued throughout the particular sentencing experiencing that will a severe sentence ended up being necessary due to the violent mother nature belonging to the show your thinking that Rana has been aware of just what exactly Lashkar represented.

"He knew many people had body on their particular fingers plus it decided not to present him pause to get a time as well as they helped them," Collins said.

Rana's legal representative argued that the business person experienced experienced a cardiovascular system episode in dejecting prison and was in commonly inadequate health, adding that will they was unlikely in order to stand for your danger to society.

"He is a good man and bought drawn into something," Patrick Blegen explained inside court. "But there's no danger that he'll carry out the idea again, None."

Rana, whom faced a new greatest sentence associated with 30 ages around prison, sat quietly over the studying and dropped to correct this judge before sentencing. Rana's defense team plan to appeal his certainty and also stated they'd go over whether or not for you to appeal this sentence.

(Reporting By Nick Carey ; Editing simply by Cynthia Johnston in addition to Andrew Hay)

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