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Man Charged In Port Authority Passageway Bombing Appears In Court

August 30, 2018 - 5:38 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The Bangladeshi man charged with attempting to detonate a pipe bomb near the Port Authority Bus Terminal was in court Thursday.

As WCBS 880’s Mack Rosenberg reported, Akayed Ullah, 28, walked into court with a bushy black beard and a gray prison uniform.

He pleaded not guilty in January to a six-count grand jury indictment that included various terrorism charges, after prosecutors said he detonated a bomb in the subway passageway under 42nd Street connecting the Times Square and Port Authority Bus Terminal subway stations.

No one other than Ullah himself was seriously hurt, though several people nearby suffered minor injuries.

Ullah’s public defender, Amy Gallicchio, argued that count six in the indictment should be thrown out. It said that Ullah used and carried a destructive device to commit a crime of violence, and that it furthered the first five counts.

Judge Richard Sullivan heard an argument from the prosecution, and said he would reserve a decision on the matter for a later date.

Ullah goes to trial on Oct. 29.