Federal judge denies bond for Chicago man accused of planning terrorist attackBy AP
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Chicago judge denies bond for terrorism suspect
CHICAGO — A federal judge in Chicago has refused to release on bond a man who allegedly had advance knowledge of the 2008 terrorist attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Nan Nolan said Tuesday that Tahawwur Rana (tah-HOW’-err RAH’-nah) has both the means and the knowledge to flee internationally to avoid prosecution. She also says that with an estimated net worth of $1.6 million, Rana has the financial resources to flee.
The 48-year-old Rana is charged with taking part in a plan to attack a Danish newspaper that in 2005 published 12 cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad. The cartoons prompted weeks of protests in the Muslim world.
Rana is also accused by federal prosecutors of knowing in advance that a Pakistan-based terrorist group would attack Mumbai. The attacks killed 166 people.