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US court defers verdict on 26/11 accused Rana

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Jun 10, 2011 at 07:25am IST

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Chicago: The verdict on 26/11 accused Tahawwur Hussain Rana has been deferred as the Jury of a Chicago court continues deliberations on his fate. The 12-member Jury held deliberations through Wednesday and will continue to do so on Thursday.

There are three charges levelled against Rana - helping the 26/11 attackers, giving material support to the LeT and planning a terror strike in Denmark.

The prosecution says they have enough evidence to declare him guilty on all three counts and if convicted, Rana can be sentenced for life.

Earlier on Wednesday, after two hours of intensive interrogation, the jury posed two questions to the defence and the prosecution - first, whether retired Pakistani Army Major Pasha was involved with the LeT or the ISI; and second, if al-Qaeda terrorist Ilyas Kashmiri was associated with the LeT.

After consultations, judge Harry D Leinenweber told the jury that they have to rely on "collective memory", which means that they have to depend on material that is available in public domain.

(With additional information from PTI)

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