Jury to Begin Deliberating in Tahawwur Rana Trial

Closing arguments are over, the jury has been instructed and will begin deliberating the fate of Tahawwur Rana, the Canadian businessman accused of conspiring with former DEA informant David Coleman Headley to provide material support to terrorists in connection with the Mumbai bombings and a planned attack in Denmark.

Rana is charged in three counts: Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to Terrorism in India; Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to Terrorism in Denmark; and Providing Material Support to Lashkar e Tayyiba.

In closings, the defense attacked David Headley, while the Government said Rana and Headley were on the same team. [More...]

What did the Government have to say about its embrace of Headley, who has been busted in major cases three times and three times cooperated with the Government for a lower sentence -- and who lied to the DEA and or FBI by claiming to work for them when he had already joined LeT and was training with them for terror attacks? After acknowledging Headley was an awful man, AUSA Victoria Peters asked the jury:

“What would you have your government do — tell Mr. Headley, ‘I’m sorry, you’re a despicable person and we’re not interested in what you have to say to us’?

David Coleman Headly, aka Daood Gilani, was the star of this trial. Rana, unfortunately, is almost an after thought, either a pawn (at most) or a dupe.

On a related note, Ilyas Kashmiri is still either dead or alive, depending on who you believe.

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