Times Square bomb suspect's detention challenged

Defense lawyer who says he doesn't represent Faisal Shahzad says authorities violated alleged terrorist's rights

Published May 18, 2010 6:35PM (EDT)

A New York defense lawyer has demanded that the suspect in the botched car bombing in Times Square be brought to court.

Ron Kuby sent a letter to a chief judge Tuesday that accused authorities of violating the rights of Faisal Shahzad (FY'-sul shah-ZAHD') by "squeezing information" out of him in secret.

The 30-year-old Shahzad has been held at an undisclosed location since his May 3 arrest on charges he abandoned a bomb-laden SUV in Times Square. Authorities say he has voluntarily waived his rights to an initial court appearance while he cooperates.

Kuby said he wasn't representing Shahzad. But he argued that since the suspect hasn't appeared in court yet, it was impossible to know if his rights are being protected.

By Associated Press

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