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14 years jail for Mumbai terror suspect Tahawwur Rana

IANS [ Updated 18 Jan 2013, 09:18:39 ]
14 years jail for Mumbai terror suspect Tahawwur Rana

Chicago, Jan 18 :  Pakistan-born Chicago businessman Tahawwur Rana was Thursday sentenced to 14 years in jail for providing support to Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) that staged the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.



The jail term for Rana will be followed by five years of supervised release.

Although Rana, a boyhood friend of LeT operative David Coleman Headley, was acquitted of supporting the Mumbai attacks, prosecutors had sought the maximum 30-year sentence for his role in the aborted plot to attack Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten for publishing cartoons of Prophet Muhammad.

Rana's lawyers, downplaying his role in the Danish scheme, sought a lighter sentence of no more than nine years, citing his poor health.

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