26/11 Conspirator Tahawwur Rana Arrested In Los Angeles, Faces Extradition To India
Tahawwur Rana, who was one of the key conspirators of the 26/11 terror attacks on Mumbai, has been arrested in Los Angeles, California, and now faces extradition to India on the charges of the murder conspiracy. The Pakistani-born Canadian operated his business from Chicago and supported terrorist groups, for which he spent more than 10 years in prison. The 26/11 attacks in 2008 killed more than 160 people in Mumbai.
Last week, the 59-year-old was granted an early release from a 14-year sentence at a Los Angeles federal prison due to a poor health condition. The US prosecutors said he was even under doubt for COVID-19 infection.
Two days after his release, Rana was arrested again and now remains in custody for extradition to India.
Earlier in Chicago, Rana was convicted of supporting the Pakistani terror group, Lashkar-e-Taiba, that planned the deadly Mumbai attacks. He was also convicted of supporting a never-carried-out attack on a Danish newspaper office that printed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in 2005.
However, Rana was cleared of the more serious charge of supporting the 10 men who carried out the attacks in Mumbai and killed 166 and injured nearly 240 people.
Assistant US Attorney John J Lulejian told the court that the Indian government has requested the arrest and extradition of Rana as per the Extradition Treaty signed between India and the US in 1997.
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