The hearing will be held in an Elizabeth NJ courtroom via video link from the hospital. On the day of the bombings in Seaside Park, New Jersey and Chelsea, investigators believe the 28-year-old covered a lot of ground in a relatively short amount of time, suggesting that there may have been someone helping him.
A man accused of setting off bombs in New Jersey and NY, injuring more than 30 people, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges he tried to kill police officers before they captured him.
Rahami is charged with weapons offenses and five counts of attempted murder of a police officer.
Rahami is accused of detonating a homemade bomb in a New York City dumpster on September 17, a blast that injured 30 people.
Shalom is representing Rahami on federal, not state, charges.
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Rahimi, said by US authorities to have been inspired by radial jihadism, spoke in a quiet voice, answering "yes" to several questions from Union County Superior Court Judge Regina Caulfield about whether he understood the charges and wished Liguori to represent him.
According toLinden Mayor Derek Armstead, the owner of a bar reported someone asleep in his doorway in Linden while police were conducting a wide-scale manhunt for Rahami. Rahimi was shown lying in his hospital bed, where he is being treated after being critically wounded in a shootout with police on September 19 that led to his capture.
Sitting up in his hospital bed, Rahimi answered "Yes" to a series of standard questions from Judge Regina Caulfield about whether he understood the charges and his rights, looking briefly at public defender Peter Liguori before each answer. No one was killed in the blasts.
Rahami is an Afghan-born USA citizen. One of those exploded as a bomb squad robot attempted to defuse it.
He had been living with his family in New Jersey where they run a chicken shop business.
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Police said speculation the pair were heading for nearby Bankstown police station had not been established. He said he would "never forget" the image of his mother being handcuffed at 4.30am without her niqab on.