Friday, 16 November, 2018

Manhattan Bomber Sentenced to Life in Prison

Ahmad Khan Rahimi an Afghan-born U.S. citizen accused of planting bombs in New York and New Jersey appears in Union County Superior Court for a hearing in Elizabeth New Jersey Manhattan Bomber Sentenced to Life in Prison
Patty Aguilar | 14 February, 2018, 16:08

"I was never discriminated [against] by my religion, until I started following my religion", Rahimi said, adding that Federal Bureau of Investigation and customs agents had interviewed him for a half hour upon his return from a trip to the Dominican Republic a few years ago.

Yet his actions that would indicate otherwise landed him a life sentence in prison.

Ahmad Khan Rahimi, a naturalized US citizen born in Afghanistan, was convicted in October in connection to an explosive device that detonated in a dumpster in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood, injuring 30, as well as another bomb placed nearby that did not detonate.

Rahimi was awaiting sentencing last month in the Metropolitan Correctional Center when prosecutors claimed to have found evidence that he was trying to radicalize a fellow inmate with al-Qaida propaganda smuggled into the prison.

A second similar bomb, which was found a few blocks away on 27th Street, failed to detonate. He also ordered $562,803 in restitution.

Federal prosecutors said in court papers that Rahami has not shown remorse and had tried to radicalize fellow prisoners at the federal jail in NY where he has been imprisoned since his arrest.

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Rahimi's attorney, Xavier Donaldson, said they plan to appeal. "It is not." Rahimi was convicted on October 16, 2017, following a two-week jury trial before U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman, who also imposed today's sentence.

Rahami, prosecutors said, gave inmates copies of terrorist propaganda and jihadist materials, including speeches and lectures by the founder of al-Qaida, Osama bin Laden, and Anwar al-Awlaki, a US-born cleric who inspired attacks on America and was killed in a USA airstrike in September 2011.

"Rahimi attempted to wreak havoc in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City".

Rahimi, a fast food worker turned homegrown extremist, brought two pressure cooker bombs from New Jersey to Manhattan on September 17 2016, planting them on W. 23 and W. 27th St., officials said. "You sit down and laugh", Nelson, 48, said.

He is also accused of planting bombs on a race route and a train station in New Jersey.

NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill praised the officers who responded to the Chelsea blast, as well as the authorities who tracked down and prosecuted Rahimi.

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