Juror questioning ongoing in Mumbai terror trial

May 18, 2011 - 1:28 PM
Mumbai Attacks Trial

FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2009 file courtroom sketch, Tahawwur Hussain Rana appears before federal Magistrate Judge Nan Nolan in Chicago. Rana, 50, is accused in the 2008 Mumbai rampage that left more than 160 people dead and planning an attack that was never carried out on a Danish newspaper. He pleaded not guilty to the charges, including material support to terrorism. (AP Photo/Verna Sadock, File)

CHICAGO (AP) — The list of potential jurors in the trial of a Chicago businessman accused in the deadly 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks has been whittled down to 38 people.

It's the third day of jury selection in the trial of Tahawwur Rana (tuh-HOW'-ur RAH'-nah). Prosecutors allege he provided cover for a former school classmate to scout out sites in Mumbai for the rampage that killed more than 160 people. He's pleaded not guilty.

Attorneys can now exercise what are called peremptory challenges. That means they can dismiss a potential juror without giving a reason.

Twelve jurors and six alternates will be chosen.

Rana also is accused of helping plan an attack that never took place on a Danish newspaper that printed cartoons of Prophet Muhammad.

Opening statements are expected to begin Monday.