Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Trump calls for death penalty for New York attacker

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NEW JERSEY: The New York terror suspect’s wife was reportedly “shocked and horrified and scared and sad” after being grilled by the FBI over her husband’s deadly Manhattan truck attack that killed eight people.

The Washington Post reports that a person who spoke to Sayfullo Saipov’s 24-year-old wife, Nozima Odilova, on Tuesday evening said she seemed “shocked” and had no idea of what her husband was planning.

At the time, the feds were at her Paterson, New Jersey, house, where they encouraged her to cooperate to make sure no one else was harmed.

Meanwhile, neighbour Carlos Batista recounted that Saipov had occasionally driven a Home Depot pickup truck on the block with a couple of friends – apparently with no building materials aboard.

Sayfullo Saipov

Sayfullo Saipov

“They didn’t even have one piece of wood in there, and that’s why I found it a little suspicious,’’ Mr Batista told the Washington Post. “And I do construction, so I know when somebody is doing some type of work.’’

It came as investigators revealed the suspect picked Halloween to cause maximum carnage and that afterwards he said “he felt good about what he had done.”

Saipov chose the attack date to target Halloween crowds, according to the criminal complaint, and after his trail of terror was halted by a police bullet, he asked to display the Islamic State group’s flag in his hospital room.

US President Donald Trump walked back threats to send Saipov to Guantamo Bay but reiterated his call to give him the death penalty.

“Would love to send the NYC terrorist to Guantanamo but statistically that process takes much longer than going through the Federal system,” he tweeted. “There is also something appropriate about keeping him in the home of the horrible crime he committed. Should move fast. DEATH PENALTY!”

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