State Supreme Court Justice Alvin Schlesinger, disclosing that he had been threatened, Tuesday revoked $300,000 bail for El Sayyid Nosair, 35, a native of Egypt who is accused of killing Rabbi Meir Kahane in a Manhattan hotel Nov. 5.
Schlesinger said there was a strong likelihood that Nosair would flee, since the judge believed that prosecutors had a strong case against him and Nosair held a passport in a different name. He also said that officials had found some cyanide in Nosair's locker, which he used in his city heating-maintenance job, and remarked that cyanide could be used to commit suicide.
During a bail hearing, Schlesinger also said he received numerous death threats and attempts to influence him via telephone messages and mail. His statement prompted defense attorney Michael Warren to ask that he remove himself from the case, but the judge promptly refused. The next hearing was set for March 4.