Rana was ‘no dupe’, played for same team as Headley: Prosecution (Lead)June 8th, 2011 - 12:38 am ICT by IANS
Chicago, June 7 (IANS) Pakistan-born Canadian businessman Tahawwur Rana was “no dupe” and was “playing for the same team” as Pakistani American David Coleman Headley, prosecutors told a Chicago court Tuesday.
“Tahawwur Rana, (who) you hear chatting freely about terrorism, is no dupe. He has not been fooled,” said Assistant US Attorney Vicki Peters as closing arguments began in the trial of Rana, who is accused of providing material support to Pakistan based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) for the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack.
Besides Headley, aka Daood Gilani’s testimony, who has pleaded guilty, Peters referred to several other documents - emails and transcripts from secretly-recorded conversations - that she argued countered any notion that Rana was unaware of what was happening.
Rana’s name pops up in several emails involving co-conspirators.
“Rana and Headley were playing for the same team,” Peters said according to local WLS-TV. “He knows exactly who Headley is and what he is up to.”
Peters said a taped conversation from September 2009 proves he knew about the terror attack. “You have to use your common sense,” she told jurors.
Rana waived his right to testify. But jurors got to hear from him on videotapes recorded shortly after he was arrested. Rana sat down with FBI agents in October 2009 after waiving his right to remain silent.
Approximately 18 minutes of the nearly six-hour interview were played in court Monday. During the interrogation, Rana mentions the names of suspected terrorists, including Ilyas Kashmiri, who was believed to be Al Qaeda’s chief of military operations in Pakistan until he was reportedly killed in a US drone strike.
“And we also know that David has met Ilyas Kashmiri,” an FBI official said to Rana during the recorded interrogation.
“Yes,” Rana said.
“Ilyas Kashmiri is the leader of the Azaad chapter of Harakat-Ul Jihad Islami,” the FBI agent responded.
While Peters argues, “this recording alone proves Rana knew,” Rana’s defence attorneys say there is nothing on the tapes that proves Rana is guilty.
“What did he say? ‘I knew that he talked about those people.’ Did he say, ‘I know about any plots?’ No. Did he say, ‘I know what David Headley was doing?’ No,” Rana’s Attorney Charlie Swift said. “And Doctor Rana wasn’t going to testify any different than that.”
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