Defense: Verdict in terror trial 'conflicting'

By SOPHIA TAREEN | June 10, 2011 | 3:13 AM EDT

In this courtroom sketch, Chicago businessman Tahawwur Rana is shown in federal court as the Tuesday, June 7, 2011, in Chicago. Rana, 50, is accused in the 2008 Mumbai rampage that left more than 160 people dead, and planning an attack that was never carried out on a Danish newspaper. He pleaded not guilty to the charges, including material support to terrorism. (AP Photo/Tom Gianni)

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal jury has cleared a Chicago businessman of cooperating in the deadly terrorist attacks on Mumbai.

But Tahawwur Rana (tuh-HOW'-ur RAH'-nah) has been convicted of supporting the terrorist organization that took credit for the 2008 rampage that killed more than 160 people.

It's a decision that defense attorneys for Rana call "conflicting." They plan to file motions questioning Thursday's verdict.

Rana was convicted of two charges. One was providing material support to terrorism in a planned attack on a Danish newspaper that in 2005 printed cartoons of Prophet Muhammad. The other was providing support to the Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LAHSH-kar eh TAY-eh-ba).

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said he was gratified by the jury's decision and disagreed that the verdict was conflicting.