NEW YORK – A Bangladeshi immigrant nonetheless recovering from accidents suffered within the failed pipe bombing of the New York subway system pleaded not responsible to terrorism costs Thursday.
Akayed Ullah, 27, entered the plea after he was indicted a day earlier on costs he offered materials help to a terrorist group and used a weapon of mass destruction.
The bearded Ullah was the one individual significantly harm when the bomb went off Dec. 11 in a hall linking the subway to Manhattan’s Port Authority bus terminal.
U.S. District Decide Richard J. Sullivan requested Ullah how he needed to plead to the six-count indictment. Ullah responded: “At this second, not responsible.”
His court-appointed lawyer, Amy Gallicchio, didn’t elaborate on the plea outdoors courtroom.
In the course of the continuing, she requested Sullivan if he might intervene to hurry medical care to Ullah on the lockup subsequent to the courthouse in decrease Manhattan.
She stated Ullah lately had some stitches eliminated however had others that have been nonetheless inflicting him a “nice deal of discomfort.” And she or he stated he wanted a few of the dressing on his wounds modified. He appeared to stroll gingerly to his seat earlier than the listening to started.
The decide stated she ought to make her requests first of jail authorities and return to the decide provided that they do not reply.
Assistant U.S. Lawyer George Turner stated proof Ullah will face at a trial more likely to final solely every week or two consists of surveillance video of him detonating the bomb, together with pictures of bomb elements on him and elsewhere.
He stated different proof consists of Ullah’s post-arrest statements, FBI laboratory stories on fingerprints and different forensic proof together with supplies gathered throughout searches of places the place Ullah saved his laptop computer and different private gadgets.
The decide stated he might set a trial date on the subsequent listening to, which was set for April 13.
Authorities stated Ullah taunted President Donald Trump on Fb earlier than the assault. The Republican president later demanded tightened immigration guidelines.
Prosecutors stated Ullah needed to trigger carnage to avenge U.S. aggression towards the Islamic State group. The pipe bomb by no means absolutely exploded.