Published: Wed, November 22, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Sayfullo Saipov, NYC terror suspect, indicted on murder, terror charges

Sayfullo Saipov, NYC terror suspect, indicted on murder, terror charges

Federal prosecutors on Tuesday expanded and upgraded the charges against the 29-year-old Uzbek immigrant who they say plowed a rented truck into people on a New York City bike path, killing eight, and for the first time accused him of murder in aid of a criminal enterprise.

The 22-count indictment charges Saipov with eight counts of murder in aid of racketeering, 12 counts of attempted murder in aid of racketeering, one count of providing and attempting to provide material support to ISIS and one count of violence and destruction of a motor vehicle.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Saipov was charged with killing "eight innocent people.in a calculated act of terrorism in the heart of one of our great cities".

An NYPD officer shot and restrained Saipov shortly thereafter.

Saipov wanted to display ISIS flags in the front and back of the truck during the attack, but decided against it because he did not want to draw attention to himself, the indictment states. He killed 8 people, badly injured 12.

"Like New York City's response to his alleged attack, we expect that justice in this case will be swift, firm, and resolute", Acting Manhattan US Attorney Joon Kim vowed.

Five of the victims were Argentinians who were part of a group in NY to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their high school graduation.

Saipov came to the U.S. legally in 2010 from Uzbekistan, where officials say he had no history of trouble with the law.

Attorneys from the Federal Defenders of NY are representing Saipov. The mother of the man accused of killing eight people in a terror attack in NY has said she believes her son is innocent. Saipov was behind the wheel of a rental truck when he crossed into Manhattan from New Jersey over the George Washington Bridge, and then cruised south on the West Side Highway on October 31, prosecutors said.

According to the indictment, Saipov allegedly told authorities he was inspired to carry out the attack by ISIS videos he had watched on his phone.

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