Saipov said that the judgments made in the courtroom were “not important” to him because they were “not Allah’s judgments.”
A man charged with murdering eight people on a New York City bike path invoked “Allah” and defended the Islamic State group in court Friday, reports said.
Undated booking photo of Sayfullo Saipov at St. Charles, Mo. Saipov, charged with murdering eight people on a New York City bike path and injuring many more spoke out in court Friday, June 22, 2018, over a prosecutor’s objection, invoking “Allah” and defending the Islamic State. (St. Charles County Department of Corrections)
Sayfullo Saipov, 30, raised his hand to speak out immediately after U.S. District Judge Vernon S. Broderick set an Oct. 7, 2019, date for the Uzbek immigrant’s trial, FOX NEWS reports.
“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.”
Sayfullo Saipov delivered a pro-ISIS rant during a hearing in Manhattan Federal Court after Judge Vernon Broderick set the Oct. 7, 2019 trial date. The alleged terrorist said he didn’t recognize the court or the “weak minds” who created man-made laws.
Following his arrest, an unrepentant Saipov asked that the ISIS flag be displayed in his hospital room, according to court documents.
Cops found a note near the truck with the phrases “No God but God and Muhammad is his Prophet” and “Islamic Supplication. It will endure” written in Arabic, prosecutors said, NY Daily News reports.
The government has not yet said whether it will seek the death penalty for Mr. Saipov, who faces eight capital counts and other charges in the Halloween day attack, the deadliest in New York City since Sept. 11, 2001. The ultimate determination is to be made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. NYT
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