Jury selection continues in Mumbai terror trial

May 17, 2011 - 3:15 AM
Mumbai Attacks Trial

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2008 file photo, smoke billows from the Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai, India during a 60-hour rampage through India's financial capital that killed more than 160 people. On Monday, May 16, 2011, jury selection began in Chicago for businessman Tahawwur Rana, 50, who is accused of helping a former schoolmate serve as a scout for Pakistani militants blamed in the three-day rampage on India's largest city. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri, File)

CHICAGO (AP) — Jury selection is under way in the federal terrorism trial of a Chicago businessman accused of helping plan the deadly 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks.

Nearly 100 potential jurors have filled out lengthy questionnaires asking about their backgrounds and topics surrounding the trial of defendant Tahawwur Rana (tuh-HOW'-ur RAH'-nah). He's accused of providing cover for a former school classmate to scout out sites in Mumbai for the rampage that killed more than 160 people.

On Tuesday, potential jurors will answer more questions in open court. Twelve jurors and six alternates will be chosen.

Jury selection is expected to last through Thursday. Opening statements are expected Monday.

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