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He was arrested on April 12, 1988 at a rest stop on the New Jersey Turnpike by a state trooper who thought he was acting suspiciously. Kikumura was found carrying three 18-inch (46-cm) pipe bombs loaded with gunpowder and roofing nails contained in fire extinguishers. Prosecutors said Kikumura had planned to bomb a US Navy recruitment office in the Veteran's Administration building on 34th Street in Manhattan on April 14, the anniversary of the U.S. raid on Libya.
Kikumura was indicted on several counts of interstate transportation of explosive devices and passport violations. After a bench trial on stipulated facts, Kikumura was convicted on November 29, 1988 to serve 30 years in prison. Then U.S. attorney Samuel Alito represented prosecution.
Upon Kikumura's release he was sent back to Japan via San Francisco International Airport. Upon arrival in Japan he was immediately arrested on charges of falsifying official documents. He was released in October 2007.
- Kikumura v. Hurley, No. 99-1284, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit 2001 Case filed by Kikumura against Warden John Hurley for denying visitation rights by a Methodist minister.
- Kikumura v. Osagie, No. 04-1249, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit 2006 Case filed by Kikumura against Anthony Osagie, a physician's assistant at the prison infirmary, and other officers for a delay in treating his medical emergency. URL accessed 16 January 2007.
- * 2006 ruling on release date.
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