Chicago Businessman Sentenced to 14 Years in Mumbai Terror Attack

By DNAinfo Staff on January 17, 2013 1:09pm  | Updated on January 17, 2013 2:36pm

 Tawhawwur Hussain Rana, 52, was convicted of conspiracy to provide support in a murder plot in Denmark.
Tawhawwur Hussain Rana, 52, was convicted of conspiracy to provide support in a murder plot in Denmark.
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CHICAGO — A former Chicago businessman was sentenced to 14 years in prison Thursday for his involvement in a terrorist plot a judge called "dastardly," the U.S. Attorney's office said.

Tawhawwur Hussain Rana, 52, was convicted of conspiracy to provide support in a murder plot in Denmark.

The plot included a plan to behead employees of a Danish newspaper that had published cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed.

The Pakistani native, who operated a Chicago-based immigration business, was also convicted of supporting the terrorist organization responsible for the November 2008 attacks in Mumbai, India, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

The attacks killed more than 160 people, including six Americans.

"This serious prison sentence should go a long way towards convincing would-be terrorists that they can't hide behind the scenes, lend support to the violent aims of terrorist organizations, and escape detection and punishment," saidy Gary Shapiro, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois in a statement.

Rana is the second defendant to be convicted in the case out of eight defendants who have been indicted since 2009.

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