The Bangladeshi immigrant who set off a pipe bomb that partially exploded in New York Metropolis’s busiest subway station in 2017 has been sentenced Thursday to life in jail plus 30 years.
Akayed Ullah, whose gadget focused the pedestrian tunnel between the Occasions Sq. and Port Authority stops in Manhattan, was learn his punishment by federal Choose Richard Sullivan.
“A life sentence is acceptable,” Sullivan mentioned. “It was a really barbaric and heinous crime.”
Ullah, 31, apologized earlier than listening to the sentence.
“Your honor, what I did, it was improper,” he mentioned. “I can let you know from the underside of my coronary heart, I’m deeply sorry. … I don’t help harming harmless individuals.”
Prosecutors earlier this month had argued that Ullah ought to spend the remainder of his life behind bars for the “premeditated and harsh” Dec. 11, 2017 terror assault dedicated on behalf of the Islamic State terrorist group.
After rising indignant at American international coverage within the Center East, Ullah grew consumed by on-line Islamic State propaganda “glorifying brutally violent stabbings, shootings, and bombings focusing on Individuals,” prosecutors had written in papers filed in federal court docket in Manhattan.
“He finally answered ISIS’s name for its supporters to hold out ‘lone-wolf’ terrorist assaults in america,” the memo added, based on the Related Press. “Ullah’s assault was premeditated and harsh.”
The papers cited proof that after surviving the bombing, “Ullah proudly declared to regulation enforcement that he carried out the bombing for ISIS.”
“On the morning of the assault, shortly earlier than detonating his bomb, Ullah posted a press release on Fb referring to the then-President of america, stating: “Trump you failed to guard your nation,” the Manhattan U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace mentioned Thursday. “Ullah additionally posted an ISIS slogan in order that ISIS would know that he had carried out the assault on behalf of ISIS.”
Following the explosion, regulation enforcement searched Ullah’s Brooklyn condominium and located his passport containing the handwritten assertion “O America, Die in your rage,” the Lawyer’s Workplace added.
Whereas in jail, he additionally advised a guard, “You began this conflict, we’ll end it. Extra is coming, you’ll see,” the prosecutors’ papers mentioned.
Legal professionals for Ullah had argued in their very own papers necessary 35-year jail time period is punishment sufficient as a result of his assault was an aberration from an in any other case peaceable life.
Ullah was arrested after his bomb failed to totally explode, leaving him with critical burns. The blast unfold panic however brought about solely minor accidents to these close to him.
In statements launched Thursday, Manhattan U.S. Lawyer Audrey Strauss mentioned “Ullah’s motive was clear and unambiguous: a deeply held ideological hatred for America.
“Paradoxically, Ullah’s actions resulted solely in reaffirming the greatness of America by displaying the equity and impartiality for which our justice system stands,” she added. “Akayed Ullah’s message of hatred clearly backfired; his simply sentence of life in jail solely exemplifies that cowardly acts of terrorism might be met with regulation enforcement’s unwavering resolve to guard our core values of freedom and democracy.”
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea mentioned “thankfully, this cowardly act resulted in no lack of life to New Yorkers.
“I commend the FBI brokers and NYPD detectives of the JTTF, prosecutors from america Lawyer for the Southern District of New York, and our different Legislation Enforcement companions for bringing this particular person to Justice,” he mentioned.
The Related Press contributed to this report.