26/11: India receives Rana docs from US

Last Updated: Mon, Aug 08, 2011 11:38 hrs

New Delhi, Aug 8 (IBNS) The United States of America has handed over documents and evidences related to Tahawwur Hussain Rana, who allegedly masterminded the 26/11 Mumbai Terror Attacks, media reports said on Monday.

According to reports, India has received some papers and evidences presented at a Chicago court during Rana's trial. An audio tape consisting of conversation between alleged 26/11 conspirators David Coleman Headley and Abdur Rehman Pasha, was also given to the National Investigating Agency (NIA).

NIA sources said the documents will help India create pressure on Pakistan to nail the 26/11 accused hiding in the country.

India on July 10 had expressed disappointment over the acquittal of Rana by a US Court on the count of conspiracy to provide material support to the Mumbai terrorist attacks, despite "evidence" nailing him.

India said its National Investigation Agency (NIA) which is investigating the case against Headley, Rana and others had decided to wait for the proceedings to conclude in the US court before filing a charge sheet in India against the accused.

A Chicago court on July 9 acquitted Rana, the Chicago-based businessman accused in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, of abetting the strike, but pronounced him guilty of aiding the Pakistan-based terrorists behind it.

Rana has been found guilty on one count of 'conspiracy to provide material support to the terrorism plot in Denmark' and on one count of 'providing material support to the Lashkar e Tayyiba (LeT)'.

In the US court after the jury began deliberations on Rana´s fate on July 8, the 12-member panel convicted Rana on July 9 for providing material support to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and helping an unsuccessful terror plot in Denmark, but acquitted him in the case of Mumbai Terror Attacks on Nov 26, 2008 that killed 166 people and injured over 300.

Announced after a three-week trial based mainly on the testimony of 26/11 co-conspirator David Coleman Headley, the verdict could pin Rana to a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison on the two counts combined and be kept in Federal custody without bond.

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