Given Life in Prison, Chelsea Bomber Complains of Muslim Harassment

Pauline Gross
February 14, 2018

Chelsea bomber Ahmad Rahimi was sentenced Tuesday to multiple life terms for setting off a shrapnel-packed explosive as part of a wave of planned attacks in NY and New Jersey. He still faces separate charges in New Jersey over those accusations.

Judge Berman said Tuesday that Rahimi's defense provided "not an ounce of justification".

"Ahmad Khan Rahimi, aka, Ahmad Rahami, 30, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, was sentenced to life in prison for his execution and attempted execution of bombings in New York City on September 17, 2016", the statement said.

"I don't harbour hatred towards anyone", Ahmad Khan Rahimi said in a courtroom packed with spectators, including some of the people who were injured when one of his bombs exploded on Sep.

Rahimi was born in Afghanistan.

Rahimi, a naturalized USA citizen who was born in Afghanistan, was arrested after a gunfight with New Jersey police, who found he was carrying a journal with praise for Islamic terrorists and promises of violence.

Rahimi's sentencing attorney Xavier Donaldson failed to sway the court with his proposed sentence of 180 months.

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In court, Rahimi echoed his father's remarks, seeming to blame the Federal Bureau of Investigation for not stopping him sooner.

While in prison, Rahimi showed no remorse for what he did and tried to radicalize other prisoners, according to federal prosecutors.

He said he considered Rahimi to be a danger to the community, citing the "hostile and threatening " nature of the bombings and the influence of "virulent anti-U.S." terrorist propaganda.

Rahimi was also ordered to pay $563,000 to victims.

NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill noted in a statement that Rahimi's sentencing should deter future acts of terror. Sajmir Alimehmeti was transferred away from Rahimi after being caught with materials from Rahimi's court case, including a USB stick with bomb-making instructions, New York Post reported. "Committing terrorism may seem, from the darkest places of the internet and espoused in propaganda, as a higher calling".

Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Crowley immediately followed Rahimi, saying he had just "blamed everyone else" after causing so much destruction through crimes "fueled by hate".

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