A Chicago businessman was sentenced Thursday to 14 years in prison for providing material support to overseas terrorists, including the Pakistani group that launched an attack in Mumbai that left at least 160 dead.
U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber sentenced Tahawwur Hussain Rana, 52, to the prison term, to be followed by five years of supervised release. Rana, born in Pakistan and a citizen of Canada, faced a maximum of 30 years in prison after being convicted June 9, 2011.
“This certainly was a dastardly plot,” said Leinenweber, according to a prepared statement distributed by the Justice Department. Rana declined to comment at the sentencing.
After a three-week trial, jurors convicted Rana of providing support for the Pakistani group, Lashkar-e-Taiba, and for supporting a plot to attack a Danish newspaper that in 2005 printed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, drawing protests from Muslims across the world. The plot, which was never carried out, included plans to behead employees of Morgenavisen Jayllands-Posten newspaper, and to throw their heads into the street in Copenhagen, according to prosecutors.