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Chicago Terror Suspect Denied Bail


Terror suspect Tahawwur Hussain Rana was denied bail in Federal Court in Chicago on Tuesday. He is one of two men being held in connection with a plan to attack a Danish newspaper. U.S. investigators say he also had advance knowledge of the November 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people.

U.S. District Judge Nan Nolan denied 48-year-old Chicago businessman Tahawwur Hussain Rana's request for bail, citing the alleged terror suspect was a flight risk. He is a Canadian citizen originally from Pakistan.

Rana is accused of plotting an attack on the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, which had printed controversial cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Mohammad.

Rana was taken into custody on October 18, the day federal agents raided his immigration consulting business and a meat packing plant he was associated with.

Investigators have linked Rana to David Headley, a business partner who pled "not guilty" last week to charges that he was also planning an attack on the newspaper.

U.S. officials say both men are linked to the terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba, and had advanced knowledge of the November 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks.

In an effort to keep Rana in custody, U.S. investigators filed court papers showing his knowledge of the attack. Secret recordings from a conversation Rana had with Headley during a long car ride in September outline his praise for the attackers as well as his connection to a Lashkar-e-Taiba operative in Pakistan.

Rana has denied the charges against him. He will remain in federal custody while awaiting trial.

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