The federal jury in the trial ofTahawwur Rana, a Chicago businessman accused of helping his childhood friend scout for a Pakistani terrorist group that carried out the deadly 2008 assault in Mumbai, has completed its first day of deliberations without reaching a verdict.
The jurors are scheduled to resume deliberating Rana’s fate at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.
Earlier in the day, after deliberating for about four hours, the jury had sent a note to U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber to ask about two indicted co-conspirators and their affiliations with Lashkar-e-Taiba, the terror group behind the attack, and the secret intelligence arm of the Pakistani government, the Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence, known as ISI.
Leinenweber directed the jurors to consult the evidence that was presented during the eight-day trial.
David Coleman Headley, the government’s star witness and Rana’s childhood friend, testified that he trained with Lashkar and conducted surveillance work in advance of the Mumbai attack. He also testified that one of his co-conspirators was a member of ISI.The federal jury asked a question this afternoon at the trial of Tahawwur Rana, a Chicago businessman accused of helping his childhood friend scout for a Pakistani terrorist group that carried out the deadly 2008 assault in Mumbai.