The Uzbekistan native accused of finishing up a lethal New York City terror badault was “brainwashed,” his sister mentioned on Friday as she pleaded for President Trump to provide her brother a “fair trial.”
Umida Saipova, 27, advised Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in a phone interview that she believed her brother was “brainwashed” and that she and her household had a “normal” dialog the day earlier than Sayfullo Saipov plowed a rented Home Depot truck into a preferred bike path in decrease Manhattan, killing eight individuals and injuring 12 others.
“We don’t know who has brainwashed him,” Saipova mentioned in Uzbek to the radio station. “We don’t know his circumstances. We don’t know. Perhaps he’s become part of some organized group.”
“I do not know, actually, how lengthy it’ll take for his head to eliminate that poison, however I am certain he’ll come to his senses, God keen,” she added.
“I spoke with him by the phone a day before,” Saipova mentioned. “He was in a good mood. It was a usual, good conversation.”
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The suspect’s sister mentioned she needed to journey to the U.S. to talk to her brother in individual and to study what drove him to hold out the phobia badault. When requested about President Trump’s tweets calling for the demise penalty for Saipov, she mentioned the household was “hoping for a fair trial.”
Sayfullo Saipov is accused of killing eight individuals and injuring a dozen others when he rammed a rented truck into bicyclists and pedestrians final week.
“We don’t think he should be given the death penalty immediately,” Saipova advised RFE/RL. “We are hoping for a fair trial. We are ready to go there [to the U.S.], if it’s possible, to talk to him.”
The 29-year-old man was mentioned to be “consumed by hate and a twisted ideology” when he attacked pedestrians on Oct. 31, federal prosecutors mentioned final Wednesday. The “lone wolf” suspect advised investigators from his hospital mattress, recovering from a gunshot wound to his abdomen, that he was impressed by ISIS movies and plotted the badault a 12 months in the past. Saipov was charged with offering materials badist to a terrorist group and committing violence and destruction of motor autos.
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A propaganda arm of the Islamic State group on Thursday referred to as Saipov a “soldier of the caliphate.” Saipov jumped out of his truck and yelled “Allahu akbar” — that means “God is great” in Arabic — after he crashed the car into a college bus. Investigators discovered knives within the truck and a handwritten notice, which included Islamic spiritual references and the phrase, “Islamic Supplication. It will endure,” FBI agent Tamber Tyree mentioned on Wednesday.
Prosecutors additionally mentioned the suspect had 90 movies and three,800 photographs saved on one among his two cellphones. Many of the supplies discovered had been ISIS-related propaganda items that included photos of prisoners being beheaded, shot or run over by a tank.
Saipova mentioned her mom visited Saipov twice within the U.S. and didn’t see “any sign” of radicalization throughout these visits.
“My mother says she didn’t notice any sign of [radicalization] when she visited him in the U.S. twice,” she mentioned. “My mother said she would have brought him back to Uzbekistan had she noticed anything.”