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Chicago businessman Rana up for sentencing for supporting terrorists in 2008 India attack

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FILE - In this June 7, 2011 file courtroom sketch, Chicago businessman Tahawwur Rana, left, appears in federal court in Chicago. Rana is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday, Jan 17, 2013, in Chicago for backing terrorism in Denmark and supporting a Pakistani terrorist group that staged deadly attacks on Mumbai, India, in 2008. (AP Photo/Tom Gianni, File)The Associated Press

A 52-year-old Chicago businessman is scheduled to be sentenced for backing a terrorist plot in Denmark and supporting the group behind an attack often called India's 9/11.

The hearing comes nearly two years after jurors convicted Tahawwur Rana (tuh-HOW'-ur RAH'-nah) of providing support to a Pakistani group that carried out a 2008 attack in Mumbai, India, that killed 160 people.

He was also convicted of another count of material support for his role in backing a never-carried-out plot to attack a Danish newspaper that printed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

Defense attorneys are seeking a sentence of no more than nine years in prison. Prosecutors are asking for the maximum 30 years.

Prosecutors say Rana's a terrorist. The defense says he was duped into committing crimes.

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