Pipe bomb suspect agrees to NY transfer, no bail

Published November 2, 2018, 11:08 PM

by Roel Tibay

By the Associated Press

The Florida man accused of sending pipe bombs to prominent Democrats and critics of President Donald Trump has agreed to be transferred to New York to face the charges.

In this courtroom sketch, Cesar Sayoc, left, appears in federal court, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, in Miami. Sayoc is accused of sending pipe bombs to prominent Democrats around the country. If foreign citizens had mailed pipe bombs to prominent Democrats, or massacred Jews in a synagogue, there’s a good chance they would have been charged with terrorism. But that won’t happen with either of the men charged in the recent wave of mail bombs and the Pittsburgh shootings. That’s because there’s no domestic terrorism law. (Daniel Pontet via AP/ MANILA BULLETIN)
In this courtroom sketch, Cesar Sayoc, left, appears in federal court, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, in Miami. Sayoc is accused of sending pipe bombs to prominent Democrats around the country. (Daniel Pontet via AP/ MANILA BULLETIN)

Attorneys for 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc said at a hearing Friday in Miami federal court they would also not seek his release on bail for now.

Federal prosecutors contend he should remain jailed until trial, given the magnitude of the charges and the strong evidence against him. Sayoc is accused in New York of sending 15 improvised explosive devices to numerous Democrats, Trump critics and media outlets.
In this courtroom sketch, Cesar Sayoc, second from right, appears in federal court, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, in Miami. (Daniel Pontet via AP)

No bombs exploded, and no one was injured. Still, Sayoc faces nearly 50 years in prison if convicted on five federal charges.

 
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