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'Rana admired mass murderers, not Gandhi'

Last updated on: December 15, 2009 16:15 IST

United States prosecutors have taken strong objection to Pakistani-American Mumbai terror attack suspect Tahawwur Rana's assertion that he believed in the principles of non-violence advocated by Mahatma Gandhi, claiming that he 'admired and supported mass murderers'.

In its eight-page memo against Rana's bail application filed in a US court in Chicago, United States Attorney Patrick J Fitzgerald said that while seeking a bond, defendant Rana had argued that he believes in non-violence.

"Rana has even gone so far as to claim to this court that his beliefs are akin to those of Gandhi. He also claims to have been a dupe of (terror suspect David) Headley," the memo submitted in the US District Court of Illinois said.

Taking strong exception to this, the US attorney said, "ironically, in invoking the name of a man who embodied the principles of non-violence and speaking the truth, Rana seeks to mislead this court as to the extent of his admiration and support for mass murderers".

The US Justice Department has claimed that Rana knew about the Mumbai terror strikes in advance and was in close touch with Lashkar-e-Tayiba operative Headley.

"Far from advocating non-violence, Rana's own statements reveal his support for the brutal killing of 166 people. Rana was told of the attacks before they happened and offered compliments and congratulations to those who carried them out afterwards, it is quite clear that Rana is no Gandhi," the US Attorney said.

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