Chicago man pleads not guilty to terrorism charges

Published: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 12:49 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 12:49 p.m.

CHICAGO — A second man in Chicago accused of involvement in a 2008 terrorist attack against the Indian city of Mumbai and plotting to attack a Danish newspaper has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

David Coleman Headley pleaded not guilty Wednesday in federal court in Chicago to 12 charges, including conspiracy to bomb public places in India and abetting the murder of American citizens in the Mumbai attack.

He could be sentenced to death if convicted of the most serious charges, but prosecutors say he is cooperating with their investigation.

Authorities say the 49-year-old Headley helped plan the attack on Mumbai that left 166 people dead, and plotted to attack Denmark's Jyllands Posten newspaper because it published cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad in 2005. That attack never took place.

On Monday, Chicago businessman Tahawwur Rana pleaded not guilty to playing a role in Mumbai attacks and to charges that accuse him of helping to lay the groundwork for an attack on the Danish newspaper.

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