Accused in bike-path killings champions ISIS, invokes 'Allah' in court
More from Associated Press
June 22, 2018
June 22, 2018 11:37 PM EDT
This undated file photo provided by the St. Charles County Department of Corrections in St. Charles, Mo., shows Sayfullo Saipov. 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, Mo., Department of Corrections/KMOV via AP, File
NEW YORK — 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.
After Saipov spoke more, Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Beaty interrupted him to object that the judge was letting Saipov make the kind of statement publicly that special restrictions placed on him in prison would otherwise prevent, including discussing “terrorist propaganda.”
The judge said he believed Saipov was nearing the end of his remarks and let him finish before warning him that he was unlikely to let him speak out in court again in a similar manner. Saipov, though, would be given a chance to testify if his case proceeds to trial and, if convicted, could speak at sentencing.
Saipov thanked the judge for letting him speak but added at one point: “I don’t accept this as my judge.”
Prosecutors had been seeking an April 2019 trial date. 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.”
Defence lawyers have said the government should accept a guilty plea and a sentence of life in prison without parole to provide victims’ families and the public with closure.
David Patton, a lawyer for Saipov, said he would need extra time to make legal challenges to the charges if death is sought. He also cited the difficulty of gathering information for the defence case overseas and in the United States.
A defence attorney said Saipov has had only telephone contact with his mother, father and sister since his arrest because they cannot get approval to travel to the United States. Prosecutors said those decisions were made by the State Department.
Accused in bike-path killings champions ISIS, invokes ‘Allah’ in court | Toronto Sun
ISIS's pied piper of pain will hang for massacres
More from Brad Hunter
June 22, 2018
June 22, 2018 4:07 PM EDT
ISIS lunatic Aman Abdurrahman has been ordered hanged after being found guilty of plotting deadly terror attacks in Indonesia.THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
A long rope and a pine box is the fate awaiting a radical cleric who ordered ISIS massacres in Indonesia.
Aman Abdurrahman was sentenced to death by an Indonesian court Friday.
Abdurrahman ordered Islamic State group-affiliated jihadis to unleash terror attacks — including the January 2016 suicide bombing at a Starbucks in Jakarta.
A Starbucks in Jakarta destroyed by ISIS terrorists in Jakarta, Indonesia. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Now, at least one expert fears the pious pied piper of death could launch a slaughter in retaliation.
“His words alone have been able to incite followers to carry out terrorism,” said Adhe Bhakti, an analyst at the Center for Radicalization and De-radicalization Studies in Jakarta.
“The security forces must raise awareness and all intelligence services in Indonesia must co-ordinate well.”
ISIS lunatic Aman Abdurrahman has been ordered hanged after being found guilty of plotting deadly terror attacks in Indonesia. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
A key ISIS ideologue, Abdurrahman kneeled and kissed the floor as the five-judge panel announced his sentence. He then uttered: “Praise be to God.”
The fear factor is currently sky-high in the southeast Asian nation after suicide bombings last month in Surabaya. The sick attacks were carried out by families — with their young children in tow.
“(The defendant’s) speeches, teachings and instructions have inspired his group and followers to commit criminal acts of terrorism in Indonesia,” said presiding Judge Ahmad Zaini.
Suicide bombings in Surabaya last month killed 26 people, including 13 attackers. Two families carried out the attacks, using children as young as 7. GETTY IMAGES
The judges said there was no reason for leniency. Abdurrahman’s lawyers have a week to file an appeal.
The suicide bombings in Surabaya last month killed 26 people, including 13 attackers. Two families carried out the attacks, using children as young as 7.
Mourners attend a funeral for a suicide bombing victim in Surabaya last month killed 26 people, including 13 attackers. Two families carried out the attacks, using children as young as 7.GETTY IMAGES
Meanwhile, Islamic State’s ladies auxiliary in the UK were dealt another blow.
One of the maidens of mayhem in the country’s first all-female terror gang is being booted out of the UK for failing to tell cops about a sinister plot that had been hatched.
Smoke ya later. Khawla Barghouthi, 21, was ordered jailed and then deported for her role in a deadly terror plot in the UK. METROPOLITAN POLICE
Khawla Barghouthi, 21, watched as her BFF and accomplice Rizlaine Boular rehearsed a knife attack hours before it was set to take place outside the Palace of Westminster.
On Friday, Judge Mark Dennis ruled Barghouthi should be deported back to her home county of Tunisia. She was also sentenced to two years and four months behind bars.
Counter-terrorism foiled the planned slaughter.
ISIS’s pied piper of pain will hang for massacres | Toronto Sun