First session for NYC bombing suspect
Akayed Ullah reportedly sent message to President Trump prior to the underground bombings.
NEW YORK – A Bangladeshi immigrant accused of a pipe bomb in the New York subway system had his first court appearance Wednesday via video from the hospital room where he recovers from burns sustained in the explosion.
Akayed Ullah said little during the hearing, which lasted little more than 10 minutes. He can be seen on the video lying on a hospital bed, with his head resting on a pillow, and his body, which up to his neck in the sheets. Two assistant public defenders, who stood beside his bed, did the request for release on bail.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Katharine H. Parker, sitting in a federal court in Manhattan, communicated with Ullah from the video shown on various monitors in the courtroom. They read him his rights as he nodded his head several times, to acknowledge that he understood.
Ullah is not a means but answered a few of the right questions, including the answer of “I see you” when she asked if he could hear her and “yes I do” when he was asked if he understood his rights.
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Ullah, 27, is accused of detonating a pipe bomb that was strapped to his body in a pedestrian tunnel between two busy metro stations. He was the only person seriously injured.
Prosecutors said that after his arrest he told interrogators he was on a mission to punish the U.S. for the attacks of the Islamic State of the group.
Officials in Bangladesh said on Wednesday that Ullah, who lived in Brooklyn, but was married to a woman in Bangladesh, had asked his wife to read the scriptures and listen to the sermons of Moulana Jasimuddin Rahmani, the imprisoned leader of a banned group named Ansarullah Bangla Team.
The group is linked to murders and attacks on secular scientists and atheist bloggers in Bangladesh. Rahmani is where time in jail for his involvement in the murders.
The woman was taken in Bangladesh and told investigators Ullah discussed Rahman’s writings with her during his last visit home, said Monirul Islam, a top official of the Bangladesh counter-terrorism department.
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The researchers found bomb-making materials in Ullah’s apartment. She said that he carried out the attack after researching how to build a bomb a year ago and a plan for its mission for a number of weeks. The bomb was put together in the last week on the basis of fragments of a metal tube, a battery and a christmas tree bulb, together with the metal screws, authorities said.
Ullah had apparently hoped to die, taking as many innocent people as he could with him, prosecutors said. He was charged with providing material support to a terrorist group, the use of a weapon of mass destruction, and three bomb-related violations. He can get life in prison, if convicted.
Family members and police said Ullah last visited his wife and newborn son in Bangladesh in September, after which he returned to the United States.
Counter-terrorism officials, suggested the woman and her parents for the release of her Tuesday night, Islam said, adding that the researchers asked his brother-in-law and planned to the question of which are known close associates.
Ullah’s wife, Jannatul Ferdous, told ABC News in a brief interview carried out by the closed door of her home in Dhaka, Bangladesh, that she had never heard him speak negatively of the U.S., ” She said when she spoke to him by phone the morning of the bombing he gave no indication of what he was planning to do.
With a tragedy averted and a growing certainty that he acted alone, attention turned to how best to safely in New York the enormous possibilities of the public transport network and the task of determining who is eager to do it harm.
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The security should any member of the public to help,” police Commissioner James O’neill said. “It requires their vigilance.”
There was also political consequences, strengthened by the news that Ullah had reviled President Donald Trump on Facebook with a post that read, “Trump you failed to protect your nation.”
In response to the bombing, the Republican president asked for a tightening of the immigration rules that allowed Ullah to the country in 2011, a visa available for certain relatives of AMERICAN citizens. Less than two months ago, an Uzbek immigrant who came to the U.S. via a visa lottery was accused of the killing of eight people by mowing them down with a truck along a bike path in the vicinity of the World Trade Center.