Bangladeshi man pleads not guilty in NYC subway bomb attack
Jan 13 2018
Ullah, who immigrated to the United States from Bangladesh in 2011, appeared for a formal arraignment before U.S. District Judge Richard Sullivan of the Southern District of NY wearing blue and gray jail scrubs, appearing to move gingerly as he took his seat between his attorneys, Amy Gallicchio and Julia Gatto of the Federal Defenders of NY. He remains held without bail at a lockup next to the federal court complex in lower Manhattan.
Gallicchio did not respond to questions about Ullah's odd plea, which seemed to leave the door open for a plea agreement at a later date.
Ullah migrated from Bangladesh some six years ago on a family visa.
Akayed Ullah had no visible injuries in Thursday's hearing after the flubbed attack in the corridor linking the Port Authority Bus Terminal and the Times Square subway station on December 11. Ullah was injured, and three others were slightly hurt.
A New York City terror suspect was indicted by a grand jury Wednesday on terrorism and explosives charges connected to an alleged bombing at a transit terminal in December, the U.S. Attorney office announced. And she said he needed some of the dressing on his wounds changed.
Kim said Ullah picked his target and timed his attack in order to "maximize human casualties."The bomb, however, did not fully explode".
Prosecutors at the hearing said they had hundreds of pages of materials - including emails and social media messages, post-arrest statements, bomb parts and surveillance video showing the blast - to turn over to the defense, and estimated Ullah's trial would last one to two weeks.
Ullah suffered lacerations and burns to his hand and stomach in the bombing, authorities said.
Police said Ullah had been inspired by the Islamic State terror group and was angry about USA -led bombings of IS territory in the Middle East.
Prosecutors say that Ullah used a pipe bomb filled with metal screws in the attack.