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Feds: Accused mosque bomber attempted escape, disabled security device

Court records say Hari was placed in segregation at the Anoka Co. Jail after he disabled a security device in his cell, six months after attempting an escape.
Credit: Anoka County Jail
Documents indicate Michael Hari disabled a security device in his Anoka County Jail cell, just six months after he attempted to escape from custody.

ANOKA, Minn. — The man accused of masterminding the bombing of a Bloomington mosque has not been a model prisoner as he awaits trial, according to court documents.

In a filing for a continuance in the case of Michael Hari, U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota Erica MacDonald reveals that Hari has been placed in segregation at the Anoka County Jail after he disabled a security device in his cell. Six months previous to that incident, MacDonald says, Hari attempted an escape while being transported from his home in Illinois to Minnesota.  

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"The government does not dispute, in the slightest, that defendant is entitled to due process of law; the government agrees that it should be possible for even inmates in segregation to review discovery in their cases; but the government also considers defendant himself to be partly responsible for the situation in which he finds himself," reads the filing. 

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