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Trump won’t be handcuffed when he surrenders: Lawyer

New York: When former US President Donald surrenders to authorities in New York on April 4 he will not be handcuffed, according to his lawyer Joe Tacopina.

“The (former) resident will not be put in handcuffs,” he told ABC News on Friday.

He will be accompanied by Secret Service Agents who are required to protect him as a former President making the surrender complicated.

“I don’t think they’re going to allow this to become a circus, as much as humanly possible”, Tacopina said.

On a CBS TV programme he said that Trump is “not worried at all”, but added, “he’s upset, angry he is being persecuted politically”.

Trump will be produced in a New York State Supreme Court, which despite its name is the first-level judicial body in the state.

Acting State Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan, who is expected to preside over the case, can either release him with or without bail, or order him held in custody.

Trump faces charges relating to hush money paid to adult film star Stormy Daniels who alleged he had an affair with him in 2006.

A grand jury indicted him in the case on Thursday, but the charges will be announced only when he surrenders and it is unsealed in court.

The $130,000 payment and the affair — which Trump has denied — are not illegal, but he faced allegations of bookkeeping irregularities in recording the payments and of violating election finance laws.

The payments were allegedly recorded as fees to his former lawyer Michael Cohen who had given Daniels the money.

Cohen was convicted in a federal court on charges of violating election laws by making the payments while Trump was running for president in 2016 and sentenced to three years in prison.