NYC Truck Rampage Suspect 'Should Get Death Penalty'

Aaron Brown
November 5, 2017

No evidence has surfaced to back up that claim.

The president had earlier said he would consider sending Saipov to Guantanamo Bay, the United States military detention center in Cuba that has been used to indefinitely hold suspected foreign jihadists, a practice that has drawn repeated criticism from rights groups.

But Mr Trump tweeted that the judicial process at the Cuban detention centre takes longer than the federal court system. Trump said there was something "appropriate" about keeping Saipov where he committed the crime, and tweeted, "Should move fast".

Brought to court in a wheelchair, Saipov was held without bail on charges that could bring the death penalty. And after his trail of terror was halted by a police bullet, he asked to display the Islamic State flag in his hospital room, saying "he felt good about what he had done", authorities said.

Saipov was taken to Bellevue after he was shot in the abdomen by a police officer at the time of his arrest.

Lawyers for the suspect in the NY attack, Sayfullo Saipov, nearly certainly will argue that Trump's two tweets saying Saipov should get the "DEATH PENALTY" will make it harder for their client to receive a fair trial or sentence.

"The terrorist came into our country through what is called the "Diversity Visa Lottery Programme"..."

Saipov is facing one count of providing material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization and one count of violence and destruction of motor vehicles causing the death of eight people.

"Mr. President, we all know he should get the death penalty", tweeted Andrew C. McCarthy, a former federal prosecutor.

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But in further evidence of the internal struggle of the administration, Sessions was introduced by Joon Kim, acting United States attorney for the Southern District of NY who on Wednesday, after the "laughingstock" comments, forcefully defended the success of the civilian courts.

Twelve people were also injured in the city's deadliest attack since 2001, when al Qaeda terrorists flew hijacked planes into the Twin Towers and killed more than 2,600 people.

He is the only inmate among the 61 people on federal death row convicted for an act charged as terrorism.

Justice can, in fact, be swift in Manhattan's federal courts.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC said Thursday he was "dumbfounded as to why the Trump administration still follows the Obama playbook when it comes to dealing with terror suspects". Similarly, the US on Wednesday indicted 36-year-old Mirsad Kandic in federal court in NY.

Trump's Guantanamo tweets reflect a reality at the naval base: If Saipov were sent there his trial would likely be delayed by many years.

Declaring an individual an enemy combatant allows investigators to interrogate the person without having a lawyer present.

According to the criminal complaint, Saipov had been planning the attack for months and chose to carry it out on Halloween because he believed there would be more people outside.

As the investigation into the atrocity continues, the FBI said it had located another Uzbek man wanted for questioning as a person of interest, 32-year-old Mukhammadzoir Kadirov.

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