Chelsea Bomber Tried to Radicalize Inmates at Manhattan Prison

Ahmad Khan Rahimi, the man convicted in the 2016 bombing in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood that injured 30 people, has been “attempting to radicalize fellow inmates in the Metropolitan Correctional Center,” CNN reported Sunday citing federal prosecutors.

Rahimi distributed propaganda and publications issued by terrorist organizations among his fellow inmates at the Manhattan prison, Acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim reportedly wrote in a letter to New York-based District Judge Richard Berman.

The letter written by Kim to Berman was aimed at asking for a hearing to make sure Rahimi “has knowingly waived the potential conflict of interest that exists between [Rahimi] and his attorneys.”

Rahimi was passing the extremist materials as late as October. These materials included terrorist propaganda, bomb-making instructions, and other speeches by well-known terrorist leaders like Osama Bin Laden and late militant cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, according to the report.

The report also cited Kim saying that two inmates were found with electronic discs containing the jihadist materials in their possession. Sajmir Alimehmeti, who is scheduled to go on trial next month on terrorism-related charges, was among those with whom Rahimi shared the propaganda materials.

The latest details come amid Rahimi’s undated letter to Berman where he said he began Dec.  8 out of protest because his wife and children haven’t been able to visit him since the end of his trial.

“I am on a short time because my sentencing date is on Jan. 18, 2018. Because of this short time and the frustration I have decided to go on a hunger strike,” Rahimi wrote.

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SOURCE: International Business Times, Suman Varandani