The whole nation was in shock after reports about the terrorist attack in NYC broke out. The suspect, who was identified as 29-years-old Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov from Uzbekistan, has been interrogated by law enforcement officers about the attack he committed.
According to reports, he once again confirmed the suspicions that his attack was inspired by the Islamic State. In the criminal complaint filed against him on Wednesday, it was written that he had planned an attack like this one for about a year.
The complaint also read that Saipov stated “he felt good about what he had done” and asked if he could display the flag of the militant group Islamic State in his hospital room.
After learning about the attack, President Trump suggested sending Saipov to the Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba but has since retracted his suggestion. He went on Twitter to say this:
“Would love to send the NYC terrorist to Guantanamo but statistically that process takes much longer than going through the Federal system.
There is also something appropriate about keeping him in the home of the horrible crime he committed. Should move fast. DEATH PENALTY!”
Manhattan acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim said that Saipov will be charged for two things, one of which will carry the death penalty if the government chooses to seek it, reports Reuters.
We’ve been able to get information on what the charges against Saipov are – he will be charged with one count of violence and destruction of motor vehicles causing the deaths of eight people and one count of providing material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization – Islamic State, also known as ISIS.
Kim revealed that for one of the count he can be charged with life in prison, while the other count can bring him the death penalty.
We hope that the U.S. justice system will not be easy on Saipov, as he caused eight people to lose their lives and left additional eleven with serious injuries.
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