"had been in New Hampshire volunteering with the Ron Paul campaign at the time of the attacks"
In this photo provided by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office in
Hackensack, N.J., Aakash Dalal is shown, Friday, March 2, 2012. Dalal, 19, of New Brunswick, N.J. was charged in the January firebombings of two synagogues in northern New Jersey.
A second man was charged in a series of attacks on New Jersey
synagogues in January. Aakash Dalai pleaded not guilty. He claims he
was campaigning for Ron Paul.
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A second man charged in a series of attacks on synagogues
that included the January firebombing of a house of worship where a
rabbi and several family members were sleeping pleaded not guilty on
Aakash Dalal, 19, of New Brunswick, appeared in
court shackled at the waist and wearing a prison-issued orange jumpsuit.
He is accused of encouraging another defendant, Anthony Graziano, by
showing him how to make the bombs, though Dalal is not believed to have
participated in the acts themselves.
Attorney Chris DiLorenzo entered the not guilty plea on Dalal’s
behalf. Dalal faces charges including conspiracy, aggravated arson, bias
intimidation and criminal mischief in the series of attacks…
…“It’s my opinion that he’s being prosecuted more for the use of
malicious words than criminal behavior,” DiLorenzo said of the charges
against Dalal. “Malicious words aren’t criminal acts.”
Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli has characterized Dalal as an
instigator in the January firebombings, allegedly carried out by
then-19-year-old Graziano. Molinelli has said Graziano was motivated by
“anti-Jewish animus, a bias against them; an intent to harm them.” He
hasn’t given a motive for Dalal’s alleged actions.
A few days after Graziano’s Jan. 24 arrest, authorities found several
Molotov cocktails made from glass beer bottles that they said they were
able to traced to Graziano, in a wooded area about 100 yards from the
Paramus Jewish Community Center.
DiLorenzo said Monday that Dalal had been in New Hampshire volunteering with the Ron Paul campaign at the time of the attacks, and could not have participated.
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