Chicago man not guilty in Mumbai case

2011-06-10 07:46

Chicago - A US jury on Thursday cleared a Pakistan-born businessman of involvement in the 2008 Mumbai siege, but found him guilty of supporting a banned Pakistani militant group and helping an aborted attack on a Danish newspaper.

Tahawwur Hussain Rana, 50, was found not guilty of conspiracy to provide material support to the 2008 attacks in Mumbai in which 166 people were killed, and which carried a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

But after two days of deliberations, the jury found the Chicago businessman guilty of providing material support to the banned militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

He was also found guilty of providing material support to a plot to bomb a Danish newspaper which had published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad deemed to be offensive by Muslims.

Both counts on which he was found guilty carry substantial jail terms of 15 years to life imprisonment.