Cdn gets 14 years in prison for terror role

Courtroom sketch drawing of Tahawwur Hussain Rana. (AFP File/Vera Sadock)

Courtroom sketch drawing of Tahawwur Hussain Rana. (AFP File/Vera Sadock)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:17 PM ET

A Canadian businessman convicted of terrorism-related charges in the U.S. was sentenced Thursday to 14 years in prison, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Tahawwur Hussain Rana was found guilty in 2011 of providing material support for the Pakistani Lashkar-e-Tayyiba terror group responsible for the 2008 attack at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai, India, that killed 164 people, including two Canadians.

Jurors also found him guilty of providing support for a planned terror attack on a Danish newspaper that had published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in 2005.

He was cleared on the more serious charge of conspiring in the Mumbai attack.

Rana, 52, is a Pakistan-born former army doctor and Canadian businessman who has been living in Chicago.

A day before the verdict in June 2011 his wife Samraz had said she hoped the couple could return to Canada.

"Even though we have a home in Chicago, it was more for the business side of things. We love Chicago, too, but Toronto is our home," she said, as reported by QMI Agency.

Rana faced up to 30 years in prison.

He declined to make any statement at his sentencing Thursday in a Chicago courtroom, according to the Sun-Times, which also reported that Samraz was recently denied entry back into the U.S.

 


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