Donald Trump has called for the chief suspect in the New York terror attack to be given the death penalty, after he was charged with acts of terrorism.
Sayfullo Saipov is believed to have killed eight people and inflicted serious injuries to nine others after he ploughed through a Manhattan cycle path in a truck on Tuesday afternoon.
Yesterday, he was taken to the New York federal courthouse in a wheelchair to face charges of material support to a terrorist group, along with violence and destruction of motor vehicles.
Now, Donald Trump has called for Saipov’s execution in a typically bizarre outburst on Twitter.
‘NYC terrorist was happy as he asked to hang ISIS flag in his hospital room’, he wrote.
‘He killed 8 people, badly injured 12. SHOULD GET DEATH PENALTY!
Further details of Saipov’s further prosecution are yet to be revealed, but it comes as the FBI confirmed they are questioning a second man from Uzbekistan in connection with the attack.
32-year-old Mukhammadzoir Kadirov was a close friend of Saipov’s, although a law enforcement official has said he may not have any role in the case.
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During Saipov’s reign of terror, video footage showed him leaving the truck wielding two imitation firearms and moving between New York taxis before he was eventually shot in the abdomen by NYPD officer Ryan Nash.
As he lay wounded in the hospital, 29-year-old Saipov reportedly asked to display the Islamic State group’s flag in his room and said ‘he felt good about what he had done’.
His lawyers confirmed they were not seeking bail, and Saipov did not enter a plea. A judge set his next court date for November 15.
Outside court, his appointed lawyer, David Patton, said he hoped ‘everyone lets the judicial process play out’.
‘I promise you that how we treat Saipov in this judicial process will say a lot more about us than it will say about him,’ Mr Patton said.