Arguments in Rana trial today
In perhaps the most important terrorism trial ever to be held in Chicago, Pakistani-Canadian Tahawwur Hussain Rana, a co-accused in the Mumbai attack case is expected to spill the beans on ISI's role in the terror strike.world Updated: May 23, 2011 00:53 IST
Pakistani-Canadian Tahawwur Hussain Rana, a co-accused in the 26/11 Mumbai attack case is expected to spill the beans on ISI's role in the strike. The arguments in the trial of Rana, 50, co-accused with Pakistani-American David Headley in the 2008 attacks, will be heard by a 12-member jury on Monday.
The trial assumes significance especially as it comes in the wake of the death of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan on May 2. Rana's trial could reveal ISI's links to terrorists and any evidence of spy agency's "malfeasance" would worsen the US-Pakistan relations, the New York Times had reported. Headley, who himself is not on trial will be the main witness against Rana, is set to recount his story of the Mumbai attack during the trial, it said.
"What he [Headley] discloses could deepen suspicions that Pakistani spies are connected to terrorists and could potentially worsen relations between Washington and Islamabad," it said.