NJ Man Con­victed in Chelsea Bomb­ing; Faces Life in Prison For Ter­ror At­tack

The Jewish Voice - - NEW YORK - Edited by: JV Staff

Afed­eral jury con­victed a New Jer­sey man of plant­ing two pres­sure cooker bombs on New York City streets, in­clud­ing one that in­jured 30 peo­ple when it det­o­nated late last sum­mer.

Ju­rors in Man­hat­tan on Mon­day found 29-year-old Ah­mad Khan Rahimi guilty of all eights charges against him, in­clud­ing us­ing a weapon of mass de­struc­tion and bomb­ing a pub­lic place. The ver­dict came af­ter a two-week trial.

The Afghanistan-born man liv­ing in El­iz­a­beth faces a max­i­mum pun­ish­ment of life in prison.

“Rahimi's crimes of hate have been met with swift and res­o­lute jus­tice,” Act­ing U.S. At­torny Joon Kim said. “To­day's ver­dict is a vic­tory for New York City, a vic­tory for Amer­ica in its fight against ter­ror, and a vic­tory for all who be­lieve in the cause of jus­tice.”

“The Chelsea bomb­ing was an at­tempt to bring our city to its knees. In­stead, our NYPD, FBI and fed­eral prose­cu­tors have brought Ah­mad Rahimi to jus­tice,” Mayor Bill de Bla­sio said. “His evil was met with the brav­ery and re­siliency of a beau­ti­ful neigh­bor­hood and an en­tire city. New York City will never be in­tim­i­dated. We re­main vig­i­lant, res­o­lute and safe. Congratulations to all those in­volved in this im­por­tant pros­e­cu­tion.”

The de­fense said it will ap­peal.

Rahimi was charged with set­ting off a bomb on West 23rd Street in Chelsea on Sept. 17, 2016, that in­jured 30 peo­ple and plant­ing an­other bomb four blocks away that did not go off.

Prose­cu­tors said a pipe bomb he placed along a char­ity race in Sea­side Park, New Jer­sey, was part of his plan to kill Amer­i­cans with weapons of mass de­struc­tion. The New Jer­sey bomb did not in­jure any­one, in part be­cause the race was de­layed by late en­trants.

Con­gress­man Dan Dono­van (R-South Brook­lyn, Staten Is­land) ap­plauded the con­vic­tion.

“The con­vic­tion sends a pow­er­ful mes­sage to all those who wish us harm: ter­ror will never win. Mr. Rahimi, who was in­spired by ISIS' rad­i­cal ide­ol­ogy, sought to kill in­no­cent Amer­i­cans, but in­stead

Rahimi was charged with set­ting off a bomb on West 23rd Street in Chelsea on Sept. 17, 2016, that in­jured 30 peo­ple and plant­ing an­other bomb four blocks away that did not go off.

was swiftly held ac­count­able for his vi­o­lent ac­tions. As New York­ers we know that the strength and re­siliency of our city will al­ways be greater than the en­e­mies who wish to at­tack our val­ues and free­doms. Let us not for­get the great work of the NYPD, whose train­ing and skills were ex­em­pli­fied through the quick ap­pre­hen­sion of this ter­ror­ist,” said Dono­van.

Ju­rors in Man­hat­tan on Mon­day found 29-year-old Ah­mad Khan Rahimi guilty of all eights charges against him, in­clud­ing us­ing a weapon of mass de­struc­tion and bomb­ing a pub­lic place. The ver­dict came af­ter a two-week trial. The Afghanistan-born man liv­ing in El­iz­a­beth faces a max­i­mum pun­ish­ment of life in prison.

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