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Rana seeks specific details of indictment against him

world Updated: Feb 18, 2010 16:15 IST
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Pakistani-Canadian LeT operative Tahawwur Rana has sought from prosecutors specific details about the "material support and resources" that the indictment alleged he provided to terror plots in India and Denmark, saying that he wanted to be "adequately prepared" for trial.

In a six-page motion filed in the US District Court, Northern District of Illinois in Chicago, his lawyer Patrick Blegen sought "particulars" regarding the charge in the indictment that says Rana, a Chicago-based businessman, conspired to provide material support to terrorism in India and Denmark.

The government should "identify the material support and resources" that defendant Rana and co-conspirators allegedly provided regarding the terrorism in India, the motion said.

"The charge lists 'personnel', 'tangible property', 'money and false documentation and identification'" and the government should be required to "identify, with particularity," information regarding all these, it said.

The motion further said the prosecution must also identify the material support and resources that Rana and co-defendant David Headley allegedly provided to LeT.

"The government should be required to identify, with particularity, terrorist activity which Lashkar-e-Tayyiba had engaged in or was engaging in," as alleged in the indictment, it said.

Blegen said he is seeking the information so that Rana, 49, is "sufficiently apprised" of the scope of the government's allegations and is "adequately prepared" for trial.