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Rana sought to sneak in people into US: FBI

world Updated: Nov 04, 2009 09:13 IST

Pakistani-born-Canadian citizen, Tahawwur Hussain Rana, who was arrested by the FBI on charges of plotting terror attacks in India and elsewhere, sought to illegally sneak in people into the US.

Federal prosecutors told a Chicago court on Tuesday that Rana communicated with a Lashkar-e-Taiba leader in this regard and provided him the loopholes in the US immigration system on how to bring people into the country.

Rana, who was arrested last month on charges of plotting attacks in India and Denmark, in association with his friend David Coleman Headley and LeT, sought bail from the court by providing a security of nearly USD one million.

The proceedings of the court on his bail application will continue till November 10.

Referring to the several email and tapped telephone conversations, federal authorities said Rana has not only the knowledge and ability to engage in immigration fraud, but also has the willingness to do so.

As recently as September four, the LeT leader -– whose name has not been identified, and Rana discussed over phone the "business" loophole in obtaining immigration status in the US.