Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Accused Subway Bomber Pleads Not Guilty to Terrorism Charges

Accused Subway Bomber Pleads Not Guilty to Terrorism Charges

This undated photo provided by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission shows Akayed Ullah, the suspect in the explosion near New York's Times Square.

"We have to balance the need for speed with a need to give you the opportunity to prepare your defense", Sullivan said to Ullah, who answered several yes-or-no questions from the judge.

He has also been charged with one count each of bombing and attempting to bomb a place of public use and a public transportation system; destruction and attempted destruction of property by means of fire or explosives; conducting and attempting to conduct a terrorist attack against a mass transportation system.

A NY man pleaded not guilty Thursday to trying to bomb a subway station, an attack that injured no one seriously but himself.

Ullah was seriously burned and five bystanders received minor injuries December 11 when an explosive device he wore detonated.

Akayed Ullah, 27, faces charges that include supporting a foreign terrorist organisation, using a weapon of mass destruction and carrying out a terrorist attack against a mass transit system, according to an indictment filed in federal court in Manhattan.

Akayed Ullah allegedly detonated a pipe bomb underneath New York City's Port Authority. Inside Ullah's passport, which was recovered from his home, was a handwritten note that read, "O AMERICA, DIE IN YOUR RAGE", according to the complaint.

Federal public defender Amy Gallicchio, Ullah's attorney, spoke to reporters outside the courthouse.

He said he had been inspired by ISIS attacks on Christmas markets in Europe, and was looking to retaliate for USA airstrikes in Syria, according to The New York Times.

In this courtroom drawing, Akayed Ullah is seen on a video monitor from his hospital room, joined by federal defenders Amy Gallicchio (left) and Juliet Gatto on December 13, 2017, in NY.

U.S. District Judge Richard Sullivan has given the parties three months to share evidence before the next hearing on April 13.

Prosecutors say that Ullah used a pipe bomb filled with metal screws in the attack.

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