The man accused of killing eight people and injuring 12 after ploughing a truck into pedestrians in New York last month has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and terrorism.
Sayfullo Saipov entered the plea at a federal court yesterday, after it was announced that he faces 22 murder and terrorism charges – including providing material support for Islamic State.
Saipov, who first arrived in America from Uzbekistan in 2010, was arrested immediately after he was shot by NYPD officer Ryan Nash.
The October 31 attack has been confirmed to be the deadliest in New York since 9/11.
At present, Saipov’s charges could see him facing the death penalty, although prosecutors are yet to confirm if they will seek it after Donald Trump repeatedly backed the prospect.
As he appeared in court, Saipov was seen wearing a dark blue uniform with his feet chained, while a lawyer entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf.
Prosecutors initially filed charges against Saipov a day after the incident, and recalled how he had remained unrepentant about his crimes – asking if it was possible to hang the Islamic State flag in his hospital room.
He also said he ‘felt good about what he had done’.
Saipov’s next hearing is scheduled for 23 January.