Tuesday 28 January 2020

Times Square suspect in court appearance

The suspect in a botched car bombing in Times Square appeared in court yesterday on terrorism and weapons charges for the first time since his arrest two weeks ago, muttering one word about an affidavit on his finances.

Faisal Shahzad (pictured) a Pakistan-born US citizen, said "Yes" when asked to confirm the affidavit. Mr Shahzad (30) appeared in court wearing a grey sweatsuit and looked calm. He was led out of court after a 10-minute appearance and entered no plea to five felony charges against him.

Assistant public defender Julia Gatto identified herself as his attorney. She asked during the hearing if Mr Shahzad could be provided with halal meals in custody.

Shahzad has been held at an undisclosed location since his May 3 arrest on charges he abandoned a bomb-laden SUV in Times Square near restaurants and a Broadway theatre showing 'The Lion King'.

Irish Independent

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