Bike path terror suspect pleads not guilty

The crashed vehicle used to kill eight people on a New York cycle lane

His federal defender, David Patton, entered the not guilty plea on Saipov's behalf. His court-appointed lawyer told federal Judge Vernon Broderick he was pleading not guilty to an indictment returned last week.

Saipov drove at high speed down a bicycle path along the Hudson River in Lower Manhattan on Halloween in broad daylight, plowing through several bikers and pedestrians, killing eight and injuring at least twelve.

In statements after his rampage, Saipov, an Uzbek immigrant, allegedly said he was a believer in the Islamic State and planned his attack for Halloween to maximize the carnage.

Earlier this month, Mr Saipov was charged in an indictment with eight counts of murder, 12 counts of attempted murder, one count of providing material support to Islamic State and one count of violence and destruction of a motor vehicle resulting in death.

The attack ended when police shot the 29-year-old after he crashed the vehicle into a school bus. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, which was the deadliest assault on New York City since 11 September 2001.

Authorities say the Paterson, New Jersey, resident killed eight people with his October 31 truck attack near the World Trade Center. On Mr. Saipov's cellphone, F.B.I. agents discovered thousands of videos and images, including those of ISIS fighters and instructions for making an explosive device, according to the criminal complaint filed November 1.

The victims include a Belgian woman, a New Yorker and a New Jersey man.

Federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty, with Gen. Attorney Jeff Sessions commenting he would use "all lawful tools at our disposal" to prosecute terrorism. Five Argentinians also died in the attack.

Manhattan U.S. District Judge Vincent Broderick scheduled Saipov's next court appearance for January 23.



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