A federal judge today ordered the release of more than two dozen sealed documents following the conviction last month of a Chicago businessman on charges he aided in a plot to storm a Danish newspaper that had printed cartoons that angered many in the Muslim world.
U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber ordered some 30 court filings made public after the Chicago Tribune intervened to unseal the records.
Tahawwur Rana was convicted of helping a friend since boyhood in the aborted plan to behead staffers at the Copenhagen newspaper.
He was acquitted of more serious charges of aiding the friend, David Coleman Headley, plan the terrorist attack in Mumbai, India’s largest city, in which about 170 people were killed in 2008. Headley, who scouted targets while posing as a representative of Rana's business, pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty and testified against Rana.
Rana is still to be sentenced.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun