Archive for Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Times Square car bomb suspect in court

May 19, 2010

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— The suspect in a botched car bombing in Times Square appeared in court Tuesday on terrorism and weapons charges for the first time since his arrest two weeks ago and was quickly led away in handcuffs after being held without bail.

Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistan-born U.S. citizen, muttered one word at the 10-minute hearing — “yes” — when asked to confirm an affidavit about his financial status, which allowed him to have a public defender appointed.

Shahzad, wearing a gray sweatsuit and with his hair a bit longer than in photos splashed around the world, was handcuffed behind his back and led out of court after a magistrate read him his rights.

His attorney, Julia Gatto, asked during the hearing if Shahzad could be provided with halal meals, according to Muslim dietary laws that govern how food is prepared. She didn’t comment afterward and didn’t immediately return an e-mail message.

The federal courtroom had extra officers on hand and was emptied for a security sweep immediately before the hearing.

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