Subway pipe bomb suspect faces judge

Pauline Gross
January 14, 2018

Ullah was indicted Wednesday on six counts, including attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to bomb a place of public use and a public transportation system.

The onetime livery cab driver wanted to kill as many victims as possible when he set off a low-tech pipe bomb - while ambling through a subway passageway near the bus terminal on December 11, the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's Office has said.

This undated photo provided by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission shows Akayed Ullah, the suspect in the explosion near New York's Times Square.

Authorities said the device was built at Ullah's Brooklyn home, and that he'd stored materials like metal screws for shrapnel.

The judge said she should make her requests first of prison authorities and return to the judge only if they don't respond. He was arrested soon after the pipe bomb failed to fully explode, though he was initially hospitalized after suffering burns.

Addressing reporters today, Ullah's attorney Amy Gallicchio emphasized the importance of due process.

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A Bangladeshi immigrant has been indicted on terrorism charges in the United States for last months botched bombing in a New York City subway station.

In this courtroom drawing, Akayed Ullah is seen on a video monitor from his hospital room, joined by federal defenders Amy Gallicchio (left) and Juliet Gatto on December 13, 2017, in NY. He appeared to be the only person seriously injured during the incident.

Assistant U.S. Attorney George Turner said evidence Ullah will face at a trial likely to last only a week or two includes surveillance video of him detonating the bomb, along with photographs of bomb components on him and elsewhere.

Republicans quickly seized upon Ullah's immigration status in the aftermath of his arrest. Ullah posted on Facebook earlier in the day of the attack, "Trump you failed to protect your nation", according to a criminal complaint.

But Ullah's case has receded from the headlines since that time, and he faces a months-long road ahead to a possible trial.

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