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NY bomber, Ahmad Rahimi, sentenced to life in prison

NY bomber, Ahmad Rahimi, sentenced to life in prison

Ahmad Khan Rahimi injured 30 people when he detonated a pressure cooker bomb in Manhattan in September 2016.

Berman called Rahimi, 30, a "clear and present danger" and said it was too big a risk not to impose a life sentence, especially after Rahimi offered "not an ounce of justification" for his crimes.

"It's inexplicable that anyone would do that intentionally", Berman said.

Rahimi spoke to the judge, saying he didn't come from Afghanistan as a child with hate in his heart. "I was singled out", he said.

Addressing the court at length, Rahimi said he understood why there were frustrations between Muslim countries and Americans.

Rahimi talked about being targeted for being a Muslim, mentioning he was always picked out in airports by security.

Her comments were in response to the 13- minute statement Rahimi made before the judge, in which the Pakistani immigrant blamed the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other law enforcement for radicalizing him. "I said, 'You sure he not doing anything?' He say, 'Yeah, is good news'".

Nicknamed "The Chelsea Bomber", Rahimi was convicted on eight charges previous year, including the use and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, bombing a public place, destroying property by means of fire or explosive and using a destructive device in furtherance of a crime of violence. He was convicted of eight criminal charges in October 2017, including bombing a public place and using a weapon of mass destruction.

Late a year ago, Rahimi began trying to radicalize prisoners at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, prosecutors say.

While imprisoned, Rahimi has completed classes in business, entrepreneurship and drama, Donaldson wrote.

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Further, his attorney requested that "the court recommend to the Bureau of Prisons that Mr. Rahimi be housed in a location as close to Virginia as possible to facilitate family visitation".

Rahimi, prosecutors said, gave inmates copies of terrorist propaganda and jihadist materials, including speeches and lectures by al-Qaida founder Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki, a US -born cleric who inspired attacks on America and was killed in a USA airstrike in September 2011.

After issuing his sentence, Judge Berman asked if any of the victims had wanted to speak in court.

Rahimi let other inmates view the items on his laptop and gave them electronic copies, Kim's letter said.

The day after the Chelsea bombing, two men walking by the N.J. Transit station in Elizabeth found a knapsack containing more pipe bombs built by Rahimi.

Rahimi used household goods to create a bomb packed into a pressure cooker and wired to a flip-phone detonator, which he placed on the busy NY street on September 17, 2016. He went on to place a homemade bomb - packed into a pressure cooker and wired to a flip-phone detonator - on a stretch of the Chelsea neighborhood's West 23rd Street, busy with pedestrians on a warm Saturday night. The first bombing location he chose was along the route of a Marine Corps charity race in New Jersey.

He placed another bomb several blocks away.

Rahami, prosecutors said, gave inmates copies of terrorist propaganda and jihadist materials, including speeches and lectures by the founder of al-Qaida, Osama bin Laden, and Anwar al-Awlaki, a US-born cleric who inspired attacks on America and was killed in a USA airstrike in September 2011.

Since his arrest, two other lone-wolf attackers have carried out bombings in NY.


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