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Aug 20, 2014 12:57 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Case Adjourned Against Riverhead Couple Involved With Threats To Bomb Jewish Center

Aug 26, 2014 4:17 PM

The case against two Riverhead residents who are accused of claiming to have knowledge of a plot to bomb the Jewish Center of the Hamptons in July was adjourned until September at an appearance before East Hampton Town Justice Steven Tekulsky on Wednesday, August 20.

Asli Dincer, 44, and her former husband, Melih Dincer, 31, both originally from Turkey, were guided into the East Hampton Town Justice Court, wrists and ankles bound, Ms. Dincer shielding her eyes presumably from the sun and the cameras.

The pair were arrested by East Hampton Village Police on July 10 upon their arrival at John F. Kennedy Airport and charged with making terrorist threats, a class D felony; falsely reporting an incident in the first degree, a class D felony; menacing in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor; and conspiracy in the fifth degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Investigators said at the time that the pair had sent emails to the Jewish Center stating that they knew of a group of people who were planning to bomb the building.

The Suffolk County district attorney’s office, which is prosecuting the case, also requested a bail source hearing be held in the event that the Dincers can come up with the $50,000 cash or $250,000 bond. According to East Hampton Town Justice Court, that hearing would require the Dincers to explain how the funds for their release were acquired.

There is also an Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold on Mr. and Ms. Dincer, which acts as a detainer by the Department of Homeland Security that prohibits any law enforcement agency from releasing a suspect unless ICE approves of the release.

Accompanied by her attorney, Jack Piana of the Hauppauge-based law firm Piana & Gioe LLC, Ms. Dincer—dressed in the same blue long-sleeve shirt and black leggings she appeared in during her arraignment on July 15—stood quietly, head bowed, in front of Justice Tekulsky.

“Initially, they both were represented by Mr. [Andrew] Wolk,” explained Mr. Piana, of the duo’s previous attorney. “Then Peter Toumbekis was hired, but we’ve been retained by Asli now.”

Mr. Toumbekis had filed a motion on behalf of his former client, said Justice Tekulsky, but since he is no longer the attorney on the case, the court ignored the motion.

Mr. Dincer’s appearance followed immediately after his ex-wife’s. He entered the courtroom in a dark-green jumpsuit with “SCCF [Suffolk County Correctional Facility]” stamped on the back. Mr. Dincer had also been previously represented by Mr. Wolk, but is now being represented by Hauppauge-based attorney Jonathan Manley, who was not present in the courtroom.

“There’s no consent to change attorney, which, frankly, you should get,” Justice Tekulsky said to Mr. Dincer. “It is your wish to be represented by Mr. Manley?”

“Yes, your honor,” he said, before being guided out of the room.

The Dincers are being held at Suffolk County Jail in Riverhead and will appear back in East Hampton Town Justice Court on September 17 at 9 a.m.

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I don't get it. They said they knew of a group of people who wanted to bomb the center. That's not making a threat. Were they blackmailing the center, claiming they'd give the names of these would-be-bombers if they were given money?
By btdt (392), water mill on Aug 20, 14 6:54 PM