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Judge keeps 2008 Mumbai terror attack suspect
Tahawwur Rana in US custody
A former Chicago businessman will remain in the United States as a federal judge in Los Angeles weighs
whether he will be extradited to India for his alleged role in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack
A former Chicago businessman will remain in the United States as
a federal judge in Los Angeles weighs whether he will be
extradited to India for his alleged role in the 2008 Mumbai terror
attack that killed more than 160 people. Tahawwur Rana (tuh-
HOW’-ur RAH’-nah), a Pakistani-born Canadian, is wanted by
Indian authorities for his alleged involvement in the deadly attacks
that are sometimes referred to as India’s 9/11. An Indian warrant
for his arrest was issued in August 2018.
Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Chooljian on Thursday ordered the
defense attorneys and prosecutors to file additional documents by
July 15. Rana will remain in federal custody. Indian authorities
allege that Rana conspired with his childhood friend David
Coleman Headley to assist the Pakistani terror group Lashkar-e-
Taiba, or Army of the Good, in the orchestration of the 2008 terror
attacks in Mumbai that killed 166 people, injured more than 200
and caused USD 1.5 billion in damage.
Headley and Rana attended military high school in Pakistan
together. Rana’s immigration law center in Chicago, as well as a
satellite office in Mumbai, was allegedly used as a front for their
terrorism activities between 2006 and 2008, prosecutors say.
Rana’s attorneys said their client was not aware of Headley’s
terrorism plot and was merely trying to help his childhood friend
and set up a Mumbai business office.