A man charged with the murders of 8 people on a bike path in New York defended the Islamic State in court.
Sayfullo Saipov murdered 8 people, and injured more, on a bike path in New York City. During his recent court appearance, Saipov praised "Allah" and defended the holy war being carried out by the Islamic State. Saipov continued his terrorist rantings even while the court was trying to read him his rights.
As reported by apnews.com
NEW YORK (AP) — The man charged with murdering eight people on a New York City bike path and injuring many more spoke out in court Friday over a prosecutor’s objection, invoking “Allah” and defending the Islamic State.
Sayfullo Saipov, 30, raised his hand to speak immediately after U.S. District Judge Vernon S. Broderick set an Oct. 7, 2019 date for the Uzbek immigrant’s trial.
Earlier, he had pleaded not guilty through his lawyer to the latest indictment in the Oct. 31 truck attack near the World Trade Center. A prosecutor said the Justice Department will decide by the end of the summer whether to seek the death penalty against Saipov, who lived in Paterson, New Jersey, before the attack.
Speaking through an interpreter for about 10 minutes, Saipov said the decisions of a U.S. court were unimportant to him. He said he cared about “Allah” and the holy war being waged by the Islamic State.
At the prompting of Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Houle, Broderick interrupted Saipov to read him his rights, including that anything he said in court could be used against him.
“I understand you, but I’ m not worried about that at all,” Saipov said.
“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.
I'm no expert, but those certainly sound like the words of a terrorist to me. After the judge had determined he was about finished with his speech, the judge told Saipov that that was most likely the last time he would be allowed to just speak out in that manner.
What do you think? Was this an act of terrorism, or just a terrorist wanna be?
Leave your thoughts in the comments.