Chicago Trial To Put Pakistan Spy Agency On The Spot Pakistani-Canadian Tahawwur Rana is accused of helping facilitate the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India. But in the lead up to his trial, the focus hasn't been on Rana's guilt or innocence: It's been on Pakistan.
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Chicago Trial To Put Pakistan Spy Agency On The Spot

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MARY LOUISE KELLY, Host:

NPR's Dina Temple-Raston reports.

DINA TEMPLE: Unidentified Man: (Foreign language spoken)

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TEMPLE: Unidentified Man: (Foreign language spoken)

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TEMPLE: That part of the case isn't in dispute. Headley's already pleaded guilty to terrorism charges. The question in this trial is supposed to be about whether Rana knew what Headley was up to. Charles Swift, Rana's defense attorney, says he didn't.

CHARLES SWIFT: Dr. Rana, by everyone's account, really is, whether you're the government or us - and this is a question of degree - either an innocent bystander who simply had the misfortune of knowing a bad guy or helped a bad guy.

TEMPLE: The focus hasn't been on Rana at all. Instead, the main attraction has been on Pakistan's role in the attacks. Headley, who has links to Pakistan's intelligence agency, known as the ISI, is going to testify against Rana. And when he does so, Swift says he's going to provide publicly for the first time details about the run-up to the attack on India.

SWIFT: This case is really the only case that's going to look deeply into the Mumbai conspiracy and into U.S. operations, our own operations there, and ISI's operations in sponsoring some of these terrorist groups.

TEMPLE: And it couldn't come at a more politically charged time - just weeks after the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. The fact that bin Laden could have been hiding for five years there raised questions about the country's links to terrorism.

CHRISTINE FAIR: It's a big deal in the sense that it's a part of this evolving revelation of things that we already knew.

TEMPLE: Christine Fair is a professor and terrorism expert at Georgetown University.

FAIR: For those in the wake of bin Laden that are sort of out for blood, this is yet another opportunity to bludgeon Pakistan for its various numerous shortcomings in the war on terror.

TEMPLE: Dina Temple-Raston, NPR News.

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