Attorneys to give openings in Mumbai terror case

By SOPHIA TAREEN | May 23, 2011 | 3:57 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Attorneys in the federal trial of a Chicago businessman accused of helping plan the Mumbai terrorist attack in 2008 will start presenting their cases to jurors.

Opening statements are Monday in Tahawwur Rana's (tuh-HOW'-ur RAH'-nahz) terrorism trial.

Prosecutors allege Rana provided cover for a former friend to scout sites in the rampage that killed more than 160 people. He's also accused of helping plot an attack that never took place on a Danish newspaper that printed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. Rana's pleaded not guilty.

The trial is being watched worldwide as testimony may give clues about suspected links between a Pakistani militant group blamed in the Mumbai attacks and Pakistan's top intelligence agency known as ISI. The ISI's facing scrutiny for failing to detect Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.