Pros­e­cu­tor: Sus­pect in bomb at­tacks talked to FBI for days

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - STATE NEWS - By Larry Neumeis­ter

A man charged with set­ting off bombs in New Jer­sey and New York spoke with the FBI for days after his ar­rest as he was re­cov­er­ing from gunshot wounds, a pros­e­cu­tor told a judge on Thurs­day.

As­sis­tant U.S. At­tor­ney Ni­cholas Lewin made the rev­e­la­tion after Ah­mad Khan Rahimi pleaded not guilty to an in­dict­ment charg­ing him in the Sept. 17 at­tacks, which wounded 30 peo­ple when a pres­sure cooker bomb exploded in Man­hat­tan’s Chelsea neigh­bor­hood. An­other bomb nearby did not ex­plode.

Lewin told U.S. Dis­trict Judge Richard M. Ber­man that ev­i­dence against Rahimi in­cludes two FBI re­ports of state­ments he made across mul­ti­ple days after his Sept. 19 cap­ture dur­ing a shootout with po­lice in Lin­den, New Jer­sey. The pros­e­cu­tor didn’t dis­close what Rahimi told the FBI.

Other ev­i­dence pros­e­cu­tors plan to turn over to de­fense lawyers within weeks in­cludes video clips of Rahimi’s move­ments on the day of the bomb­ings, in­ter­net records show­ing he bought bomb-mak­ing materials and proof his fin­ger­prints and DNA were found on ex­plo­sive de­vices, Lewin said.

Be­sides the Man­hat­tan at­tacks, Rahimi, an Afghan-born U.S. cit­i­zen from El­iz­a­beth, New Jer­sey, is charged with det­o­nat­ing a pipe bomb along a Marine Corps char­ity race in Sea­side Park, New Jer­sey, ear­lier in the day. An­other bomb found at a train sta­tion didn’t ex­plode.

The pros­e­cu­tor said video clips would show Rahimi “car­ry­ing and plant­ing” at least one of the bombs. The videos show him car­ry­ing bags out­side his New Jer­sey home, walk­ing on the Man­hat­tan street where the in­juries oc­curred and leav­ing materials in a bag a few streets away where the sec­ond pres­sure cooker bomb was found, he said.

Rahimi, who was hos­pi­tal­ized with gunshot wounds after the Sept. 19 po­lice shootout, coughed into his shirt re­peat­edly dur­ing his court ap­pear­ance on Thurs­day as his lawyers, Peggy Cross-Gold­en­berg and Sab­rina Shroff, gave him wa­ter.

Cross-Gold­en­berg said he had to cut short a med­i­cal ap­point­ment to come to court, and she sug­gested hear­ings be held spar­ingly.

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