In a bid to seek bail, terror suspect Tahawwur Rana told a court in chicago on thursday, that his escape from the US will only force him to live as an "international fugitive" and his knowledge of immigration business will not help him run from a "federal indictment".
Charged with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists in India, Rana filed in the US District Court his 7-page reply to the government's response to the motion made by him last month seeking revocation of his detention order.
Pakistani-Canadian citizen Rana will appear before a court here on January 25 for his arraignment. Federal prosecutors, who have been opposing his bail plea, have said Rana's incentive to flee has been "heightened" by the maximum term of life imprisonment he now faces if convicted.
Through his lawyer Patrick Blegen, Rana replied that any increased incentive for him to flee from a term of life as opposed to a term of 30 years is negligible.
"Defendant is 49 years old and a sentence of 30 years is tantamount to life imprisonment. Moreover, defendant would be forced to abandon his family, forfeit the property of his friends and family and live the rest of his life as an international fugitive.
"This option is surely no more attractive given the increase in his maximum sentence from a term of 30 years imprisonment to a term of life," Blegen said in reply.