Chicago man wants new trial in Mumbai terror case

AP News
Posted: Sep 20, 2011 6:03 PM
Chicago man wants new trial in Mumbai terror case

A Chicago businessman convicted of aiding a terrorist group that took credit for the deadly 2008 Mumbai attacks is asking for a new trial.

Tahawwur Rana (tuh-HOW'-ur RAH'-nah) was cleared in June of any involvement in the siege that killed more than 160 people. But he was convicted of lesser charges, including that he provided material support to a Pakistani militant group which took responsibility for the Mumbai attack and a planned attack in Denmark.

The trial featured testimony from the government's star witness and Rana's former friend, David Coleman Headley. Headley pleaded guilty to laying groundwork before the attacks.

In the motion filed Monday, Rana's attorneys say he shouldn't have been forced to defend the Mumbai and Denmark plots simultaneously.

Prosecutors will respond in writing.

Rana is awaiting sentencing.