Man accused in synagogue arsons pleads not guilty to planning prosecutor’s murder

| July 1, 2012

HACKENSACK — Aakash A. Dalal was jailed on charges that he masterminded arsons at Bergen County synagogues when he tried to get a 9mm handgun to kill the lead prosecutor in his arson case, according to county Prosecutor John Molinelli.

But Dalal’s lawyer contends prosecutors pressured a jailhouse snitch to entrap Dalal so they could stop him from making bail in the arson cases.

Those conflicting versions of Dalal’s alleged efforts to murder Assistant Prosecutor Martin Delaney were presented Friday after Dalal pleaded not guilty to new, related charges in state Superior Court in Hackensack.

Dalal, a 20-year-old former Lodi resident, was charged with conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to possess a weapon for unlawful purposes and terroristic threats. He is being held on $4 million cash bail after a judge added $3 million to his previous bail.

Dalal made no statements at his brief court appearance. His lawyer, Chris DiLorenzo, told Judge Liliana DeAvila-Silebi he would ask for a bail hearing at a later date.

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