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Ahmad Khan Rahami, Accused Bomber, Represented by ACLU

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A picture of Ahmad Khan Rahami, the man accused of being responsible for the explosion in Manhattan and an earlier bombing in New Jersey, is displayed at a news conference at New York City police headquarters on Sept. 19 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 27 Sep 2016 01:01 PM

Ahmad Khan Rahami, the accused New Jersey and New York bomber, will be represented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in his pending court case. Rahami’s father and his wife retained the ACLU to defend him on federal charges in his case, The New York Times reported.

Rahami has been in a New Jersey hospital in critical condition since his arrest following a shootout with police in Union County last week, NJ Advance Media reported. Rahami suffered a gunshot wound to his abdomen during the shootout.

An ACLU attorney put in a notice of appearance in federal court on Monday after a Newark judge denied a public defender’s request to represent Rahami, NJ.com noted.

Rahami is set to face federal weapons of mass destruction charges for a series of explosions that took place in Seaside Park, Manhattan and Elizabeth, as well as several state chargers for attempted murder of a police officer during the shootout, NJ.com noted.

Based on court filings, senior staff attorney Alexander Shalom said Rahami’s father and wife requested the ACLU’s involvement after defense attorney’s claimed that Rahami’s rights were being violated.

Shalom said that the suspect's representation “is limited to the time period before which Mr. Rahami is appointed a federal public defender or obtains other criminal defense counsel.”

Union County state public defender Peter A. Liguori attempted to meet with Rahami at the hospital where he’s being held, but prosecutor Ann Luvera prevented that meeting from happening, The Times noted.

“I attempted to meet with or at least see Mr. Rahami to confirm his condition,” Liguori wrote to the judge, Regina Caulfield.

Luvera told Caulfield that Rahami was “unconscious and unable to speak,” and that she would not allow the visit.

Rahami is said to still be in state custody, at the moment, which has contributed to some of the confusion over his representation.

“It’s conspicuous whenever the government says, ‘We’re not going to give you a lawyer, but don’t worry, you don’t need one,” Shalom said Monday, according to NJ.com. “It’s unlikely the government would be opposing appointment of counsel in a different case.”

Caulfield has ordered that Rahami be held on bail in the amount of $5.2 million, Times noted.

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