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Rana bail plea opposed by federal prosecutors

world Updated: Jan 16, 2010 10:59 IST

The bail plea of Tahawwur Hussein Rana, who faces possible life sentence for involvement in the Mumbai attacks, has been opposed by federal prosecutors in a Chicago court, which asked the Pakistani-Canadian LeT operative to respond to this by January 20.

Federal prosecutors filed their opposition to 49-year-old Rana's bail plea before the court on Friday.

Pakistan-born Canadian national Rana, who was arrested by the FBI in October last year, has been asked to respond to this opposition by January 20.

On Thursday, Rana along with three others, including David Coleman Headley -- a US national of Pakistani origin, was indicted by a federal grand jury on 12-count charges of being involved in the Mumbai attacks and planning a terror strike against a Danish newspaper in Copenhagen.

In papers filed before the Chicago court, federal prosecutors noted that Rana has been indicted on charges of planning the Mumbai terrorist attack which killed 166 people, including six Americans.

Opposing his bail plea, they said Rana was also facing a possible 30-year sentence with regard to plotting attack on the Danish newspaper.