Washington:  Tahawwur Rana, an accomplice of convicted terrorist David Headley, faces up to 30 years in prison during his sentencing in a US court on Thursday for providing material support to the Pakistan-based LeT involved in Mumbai attacks as well as for backing a plot to strike a Danish newspaper.

US prosecutors want 30 years' imprisonment for 52-year- old Pakistani-Canadian Rana, while defence attorneys are seeking a lighter sentence, reportedly no more than a 9-year jail term, citing his poor health. His lawyers are claiming that he was duped into participation by his school-time friend Headley.

Rana was convicted in June 2011 by a federal grand jury, which found the businessman guilty of providing material support to LeT and planning an aborted plot to bomb the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.

Rana, who was originally arrested in 2009 for his involvement in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, was acquitted of that charge. However, Indian investigators have accused him of being involved in the Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people and are seeking to question him for the second time.

Headley, who conducted reconnaissance of the targets of the Mumbai terror attacks for LeT, had entered a plea bargain with the FBI, saving himself from a possible death penalty.

Acting US Attorney Gary S Shapiro has requested the Chicago court in a position paper that Rana be handed down a total of 30 years in prison.

Rana's sentencing is scheduled for Thursday and his attorney Patrick W Blegan has urged the court for lighter sentencing, citing his client's poor health condition.

Referring to the heart attack Rana suffered in June 2012 and the hospitalisation thereafter, Blegan said Rana was in very poor health and requested the judge to take it into account while sentencing.

"It is likely that his health will continue to deteriorate. He will likely at some point require dialysis due to his kidney disease, and is, of course, at risk for a second heart attack or vasovagal event," Blegan told the court recently.


Tahawwur Rana case: Timeline
October 18, 2009: FBI arrests 48-year-old Tahawwur Rana, a resident of Chicago and an accomplice of Mumbai attacks accused David Headley.

October 27, 2009:
FBI files affidavit in a Chicago court alleging that Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba was planning to use Headley and Rana to carry out terror attacks against India and Danish newspaper 'Jyllands-Posten'.

November 30, 2009: Rana categorically denies any involvement in the Mumbai attacks.

January 26, 2010:
Rana pleads not guilty to the charges of helping arrange the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks and making plans for an attack on the Danish newspaper.

February 9, 2010: Rana seeks date from Chicago court for a pretrial conference to ensure a fair and expeditious trial for him.

March 11, 2010: Chicago court turns down the bail plea of Rana, saying the Pakistani-Canadian is charged with "very serious crimes" which give him a motive to flee.

March 30, 2010:
Tahawwur Rana's lawyer says his client will not change his 'not guilty plea' and will face trial.

April 28, 2010:
The US prosecutors rejects Rana's demand for more details on his involvement in the Mumbai terror attacks, saying they have already provided "more than sufficient" information in the form of over 20,000 documents to him to prepare his defence.

August 25, 2010: The status hearing of Rana adjourned.

December 13, 2010: Rana's case hearing cancelled though his trial is set for February next year.

January 7, 2011: The trial of Rana postponed from February 14 to May 16 at the request of defence.

January 11, 2011: Fearing danger from terror groups and possible media harassment, US federal prosecutors demand the jurors' identities to remain anonymous in Rana's trial.

May 16, 2011: The trial of Rana begins with the jury selection process at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse in Chicago.  

May 23, 2011: The hearing in Rana's case commenced with the prosecution saying the Pakistani-Canadian provided cover in the terror plot for his longtime friend Headley who took photos and videos of targets in Mumbai before the carnage.

May 24, 2011: Mumbai attacks accused Headley testifies before Chicago court that Pakistani spy agency ISI and its operatives like Major Iqbal and LeT founder Hafiz Saeed had helped him in laying the groundwork for the 26/11 attacks.

June 7, 2011: The defence for Rana rests its case after calling two witnesses but the Pakistani-Canadian himself did not testify.

June 7, 2011:
Prosecution screens a video in the court of FBI interrogation of Rana in which he told FBI that Pakistan's spy agency ISI gives weapons to terrorists when they are about to enter the Indian territory.

June 10, 2011: Tahawwur Rana held not guilty on charges of involvement in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks by a US federal court which convicted him for providing material support to Pakistan-based terror group LeT and for plotting an attack in Denmark.


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