No new trial for US man on aiding terror charges

June 11, 2012 - 2:25 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge says he won't grant a new trial for a Chicago businessman convicted of aiding a terrorist group that took credit for the deadly 2008 attacks in Mumbai, India.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago on Monday announced the judge's ruling rejecting Tahawwur Rana's (tuh-HOW'-ur RAH'-nahs) motion.

Rana was cleared in 2011 of involvement in the Mumbai siege that killed more than 160 people. But he was convicted of providing material support to a Pakistani militant group that took responsibility for the Mumbai attack and a planned attack in Denmark.

The defense had argued Rana shouldn't have been forced to defend both plots simultaneously. But in his ruling Judge Harry Leinenweber says Rana's trial was fair.

Leinenweber also ruled he will sentence Rana on Dec. 4.