New York bike path Muslim terrorist pleads not guilty, invokes ‘allah’ and defends ISIS in court
The Muslim terrorist charged with murdering eight people on a New York City bike path and injuring many more last Halloween spoke out in federal court Friday, invoking Allah and defending ISIS.
Muslim terrorist Sayfullo Saipov, through his lawyer, pleaded not guilty to the latest indictment in the Oct. 31, 2017 truck attack near the World Trade Center. A prosecutor said the Justice Department will decide by the end of summer whether to seek the death penalty against Saipov, who lived in Paterson before the attack.
ISIS terror group propaganda was found on cell phones belonging to Saipov, who moved to the United States in 2010 from Uzbekistan, said authorities. He lived in Ohio and Florida and worked as a commercial truck driver before he moved to New Jersey with his wife and children.
Prosecutors had been seeking an April 2019 trial date. Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Houle said the families of the dead and the dozens who were injured deserve a “prompt and firm trial date.”
“The victims here are anxious now when that trial is going to be,” she said. “The public deserves a speedy trial, and the surviving victims deserve to know when that trial is going to be.”
After the judge warned Saipov his words could be used against him, Saipov said he was “not worried about that at all.”
The Muslim terrorist said the judgments made in the courtroom were “not important” to him because they were “not allah’s judgments.”
He said he cared about “allah” and the holy war being waged by ISIS.
“So the Islamic State is not fighting for land, like some say, or like some say, for oil. They have one purpose, and they’re fighting to impose Sharia (Islamic law) on Earth,” he said.
Muslim terrorist Sayfullo Saipov entered a bike path at Houston Street on Oct. 31 and drove downtown, knocking down victims before smashing into a school bus at Chambers Street, exiting and shouting ‘allahu akbar’.
He then waved a paintball gun in one hand and a pellet gun in the other, and was shot in the abdomen by a police officer.
Images of ISIS flags were found in his truck, as well as handwritten notes pledging his allegiance to the terror group.