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India Attempts Extradition of 11/26 Attack Conspirator Tahawwur Rana: MEA | India News


NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Friday that the Government of India is attempting the extradition of Pakistani-born Canadian Tahawwur Rana, who has been arrested in Los Angeles to face murder charges in India for the Mumbai terror attacks 2008 in which more than 160 people died.
“We are closely monitoring the extradition of Tahawwur Rana. We are trying to obtain his extradition as soon as possible. In an update, his court hearing will start on April 22, 2021,” MEA spokesman Anurag Srivastava said in a briefing. weekly. .
Rana was arrested again in Los Angeles on June 10 last year in an extradition request from India.
According to The Washington Post, Chicago-based businessman Tahawwur Rana was convicted of a crime related to the Mumbai terrorist attacks of 11/26, although US prosecutors had not been able to prove a terrorism charge that directly connected him to the uproar during his 2011 trial.
The Pakistani-born Canadian was serving a 14-year sentence in a Los Angeles federal prison before being granted an early release last week due to health concerns and a coronavirus outbreak.
Rana was convicted in Chicago in 2011 for providing material support to the Pakistan-based terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba, which planned the Mumbai terror attack, and for supporting a never-carried out plot to attack a Danish newspaper that printed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in 2005.
He was charged with allowing David Coleman Headley to open a branch of his Chicago-based immigration law business in Mumbai as a cover story and traveling as a representative of the company in Denmark.
Rana has been charged with “murder and murder conspiracy in India, according to court documents.” However, he had been acquitted of the more serious charge of “supporting the attacks in Mumbai”.
On November 26, 2008, 10 Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists entered Mumbai by sea from Pakistan and carried out a series of coordinated shootings and bombings that injured more than 300 and claimed the lives of 166 people in the financial capital of India.
The attacks took place at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) train station, the Cama Hospital, the Nariman House commercial and residential complex, the Leopold Café, the Taj Hotel and Tower and the Oberoi-Trident Hotel.

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