The Afghan-born US citizen charged with bombings in New York and New Jersey over the weekend could face a judge from his hospital bed.
A lawyer for Ahmad Khan Rahami asked a federal judge to schedule his first court appearance for today, despite Rahami continuing to receive hospital treatment after being injured in a shootout with police on Monday.
If Rahami can’t leave Newark hospital to travel to the US District Court in Manhattan, he could formally face his charges from his bed.
"He has been held and questioned by federal law enforcement agents since his arrest," David Patton, head of the New York city federal public defenders office said in a court filing.
"The Sixth Amendment requires that he be given access tocounsel on the federal charges, and that he be presented without delay."
Patton also asked to meet with Rahami, 28, on Wednesday.
Police say they have not yet been able to interview Rahami.
Authorities are investigating whether Ahmad Rahami, who was not on US counter-terrorism lists, acted alone or as part of a terror cell.
Investigators studying CCTV footage may have identified the same man at each location, law enforcement sources reported to have said.
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