American in NYC bomb case will likely face charges

By REUTERS
February 27, 2012 02:36

 
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NEW YORK - Lawyers for an American accused of building a pipe bomb said on Sunday they expected an indictment against him on terrorism and other charges to be unsealed in court this week.

In a statement, attorneys Lori Cohen and Susan Walsh said prosecutors are likely to announce in court on Thursday that a grand jury has indicted their client, Jose Pimentel, 27, who is accused of plotting to attack police stations, post offices and military personnel in and around New York City.

They also criticized the New York City Police Department for targeting Muslims and said the allegations against Pimentel represent a "manufactured" threat. Pimentel is a suspected follower of the late Islamist militant Anwar al-Awlaki.

"The NYPD's targeted monitoring; secret surveilling; and covert infiltration with Muslim citizenry has never been more apparent than in recent weeks," they wrote. "Jose Pimentel is a down on his luck New Yorker; unemployed, broke, lonely yet curious: prime pickings for police overreaching aided by an informant who sought to help himself and aimed to please."

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