Attorney Emil Bove gave few specifics in Manhattan federal court
during arguments over the extent to which evidence in the case
against Ahmad Khan Rahimi, 28, should be kept confidential.
But Bove said some of the material that prosecutors do not want
defense lawyers to share with potential witnesses relates to
ongoing probes, "including an investigation of some targets that
are domestically located."
Further details could not be determined, including how directly
that investigation related to Rahimi's case. Authorities had
previously indicated they believed Rahimi acted alone.
Other evidence that Bove said he wanted to be treated as
confidential related to attack planning, financing, bomb
building and communications methods.
Those materials, he said, "could be used by others to create
other situations that compromise public safety and national
security, and what I am talking about here are follow-on
Rahimi, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, has pleaded not guilty to
charges that include use of a weapon of mass destruction in an
explosion in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood that injured 30
The Sept. 17 attack came hours after prosecutors contend a pipe
bomb planted by Rahimi went off along the course of a charity
road race by the New Jersey shore, without injuring anyone.
Rahimi, an Afghan-born naturalized U.S. citizen, was arrested
two days after the bombing following a gunfight with police, who
found him sleeping in the doorway of a bar in Linden, New
In court on Monday, Rahimi sat quietly as lawyers addressed the
court. He noticeably limped while walking to and from where he
was seated, at times leaning on chairs or tables for support.
(Reporting by Nate Raymond in New York; Editing by Tom Brown)
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