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Iraqi man accused in office bombing in Arizona refuses to enter courtroom for hearing


CASA GRANDE, Arizona — An Iraqi man accused of detonating a homemade explosive device outside a Social Security Administration office in Arizona during 2012 refused to enter a Pinal County courtroom for a hearing earlier this week.

Abdullatif Ali Aldosary was due in court Monday, but court records say he refused to enter the courtroom.

Aldosary's attorney, Richard Gierloff, told the judge that sheriff's deputies told him that Aldosary wasn't following their commands.

Deputies had placed a mesh hood over Aldosary's head, reportedly because they thought he might spit at someone. Gierloff said it wasn't in the best interest of his client for Aldosary to be in the courtroom wearing the hood and waived his client's right to be present for the proceeding.

Aldosary pleaded not guilty to state charges stemming from the 2012 bombing at the Social Security office. No one was injured in the blast. He has pleaded not guilty to charges related to the bombing.

He also is charged with murder in the November 2012 shooting of a man at a grain-processing facility in Maricopa, about 35 miles south of Phoenix.

He was convicted in federal court and sentenced to five years in prison on three counts related to weapons possession.

Aldosary, a Coolidge resident, came to the United States legally in 1997 from his home country of Iraq.

He was due before Pinal County Superior Court Judge Dwight Callahan on Monday for what was supposed to be a hearing to determine whether bond should be a consideration.

Callahan said he learned of Aldosary's federal incarceration after Monday's proceeding had already been scheduled.

The judge said because of that, if neither the defense nor prosecuting attorney disagreed, no hearing would actually be conducted and Aldosary would remain in custody, with no bond allowed for his release.

An April 22 pretrial hearing has been scheduled for Aldosary.

Information from: Casa Grande Dispatch.

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