Judge releases videos from Chicago terror trial

David Coleman Headley talking to investigators.

A federal judge in Chicago has ordered the release of two video clips that were played at the terrorism trial of Tahawwur Rana earlier this year.

The clips show Rana’s co-defendant, David Coleman Headley, talking with federal investigators. Headley cooperated with authorities and testified against Rana, a Chicago businessman.

A federal jury in June convicted Rana of plotting an attack on a Denmark newspaper that was never carried out, but Rana was acquitted of more serious charges that he aided in the planning for the deadly 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai, India’s largest city.

Headley, who met Rana when the two attended a Pakistani military school in their youth, pleaded guilty to scouting targets for the Mumbai assault and agreed to cooperate with authorities to avoid the death penalty.

Rana is awaiting sentencing by U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber, who ordered the video clips released.