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Will Rana be convicted? Chicago jury to decide

By Lalit K Jha and Himani Kumar
June 09, 2011 09:21 IST
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The 12-member jury of a federal court in Chicago held close-door deliberations for six hours on Wednesday against Tahawwur Rana, who is charged with involvement in the Mumbai terror attacks and providing material support to Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Tayiba, and will continue the process on Thursday.

The jury posed two questions to the defence and prosecution. It asked whether Pasha (Abdur Rahman, a retired Pakistani Army major), was involved with the Lashkar-e-Tayiba or the Inter Services Intelligence.

It also wanted to know whether Al Qaeda terrorist Ilyas Kashmiri was associated with the LeT.

After consultations, Judge Harry D Leinenweber told the jury that they have to rely on "collective memory", which means that they have to depend on material that is available in public domain.

If convicted on the three counts -- helping 26/11 attackers, giving material support to LeT and planning a terror strike in Denmark -- Rana, a Pakistani Canadian, faces a possible life sentence.

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