Sayfullo Saipov mugshot

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West Side Bike Path Attack Suspect Says Judgments Made In Court 'Not Important'

June 22, 2018 - 8:34 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- More charges were brought against the man accused of killing eight pedestrians on a Lower Manhattan bike path last Halloween.

Federal prosecutors say Sayfullo Saipov, 30, intentionally drove a truck into a group of people on the West Side last October. On Friday, he pleaded not guilty to new charges of attempted murder.

The judge set an Oct. 7, 2019 trial date and prosecutors expect Attorney General Jeff Sessions to make a decision about the death penalty sometime this September. 

In court Friday, Saipov raised his hand and requested to make a statement. Judge Vernon Broderick let him. Through a translator, Saipov called the proceedings meaningless and said that the only true judgment would come from Allah, WCBS 880's Kevin Rincon reported. He said the judgments made in court are "not important" because they're made by "weak minds."

When reminded that what he says can be used against him, Saipov said he understands and that he's not worried.

Prosecutors tried to cut him off when he started talking about ISIS, arguing that they wanted to prevent the spread of propaganda. The judge let Saipov finish. Saipov said ISIS is not fighting for  land or oil but to impose Sharia law on earth. When he was done, he thanked the judge for letting him speak, put his headphones back on and continued to listen to the proceedings.

It was revealed in court that Saipov's mother had her visa revoked by the State Department the day after the attack.

In January, the Uzbekistan native’s lawyers said their client would plead guilty to eight counts of murder and accept life in prison to avoid the death penalty, arguing that a plea deal would be beneficial to victims’ families.

Immediately following the attack, terror charges were filed against Saipov, to which he pleaded not guilty.

In November 2017, President Donald Trump tweeted that the Paterson, N.J., resident should be put to death. However, that decision will be made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions who has not commented on the case.