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US verdict in Mumbai attack ‘disappointing’, says India

US verdict in Mumbai attack ‘disappointing’, says India
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First Published: Fri, Jun 10 2011. 06 37 PM IST
Updated: Fri, Jun 10 2011. 06 37 PM IST
New Delhi: India said on Friday its own probe into the 2008 Mumbai attacks would not be influenced by the ‘disappointing’ verdict of a Chicago court into the assaults.
A US jury on Thursday found Tahawwur Rana, a Pakistani-born Canadian citizen guilty of aiding the Islamist militant group responsible for the attack that killed 166 people but not guilty of taking part in the assault.
“We are ... disappointed that Rana was acquitted on the count of conspiracy to provide material support to the Mumbai terrorist attacks,” UK Bansal, secretary for internal security said in a statement.
Earlier, Bansal had told reporters the decision was not “a setback because our case is still under investigation.”
The statement also said New Delhi will consider charging Rana and others in an Indian court.
The three day-long raid on Mumbai heightened tensions between nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan.
New Delhi pulled out of fledging peace talks after accusing Pakistan’s powerful spy agency, the ISI, of plotting the attack.
India’s accusations, denied by Islamabad, got some support from the star witness in the Chicago trial, who testified he was trained by several ISI officials. But senior officials in the agency probably did not know of the Mumbai plot, he said.
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First Published: Fri, Jun 10 2011. 06 37 PM IST