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Rana's bail plea opposed by federal prosecutors

January 16, 2010 11:27 IST

The bail plea of Tahawwur Hussein Rana, who faces possible life sentence for involvement in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, has been opposed by federal prosecutors in a Chicago court, which asked the Pakistani-Canadian Lashkar-e-Tayiba operative to respond to this by January 20.

Federal prosecutors filed their opposition to 49-year-old Rana's bail plea before the court on Friday.

Pakistan-born Canadian national Rana, who was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in October last year, has been asked to respond to this opposition by January 20.

On Thursday, Rana along with three others, including David Coleman Headley -- a US national of Pakistani origin, was indicted by a federal grand jury on 12-count charges of being involved in the Mumbai attacks and planning a terror strike against a Danish newspaper in Copenhagen.

In papers filed before the Chicago court, federal prosecutors noted that Rana has been indicted on charges of planning the Mumbai terrorist attack that killed 166 people, including six Americans.

Opposing his bail plea, they said Rana was also facing a possible 30-year sentence with regard to plotting attack on the Danish newspaper.

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