Consider Sending NYC Truck Attacker to Guantanamo Bay

03 November, 2017, 00:33 | Author: Ora Austin
  • Authorities respond near a damaged school bus Tuesday Oct. 31 2017 in New York

President Trump tweeted late Wednesday that New York City terror attack suspect Sayfullo Saipov "SHOULD GET DEATH PENALTY".

Backing off his initial statement that he was considering detaining the suspect at America's most notorious prison, Trump said Thursday that Sayfullo Saipov instead should be executed through the civilian justice system, which historically has been delivered faster convictions than the military tribunal system. He also said there is "something appropriate" about keeping him in NY.

Trump tweeted hours after Saipov was charged that he "SHOULD GET DEATH PENALTY!"

The president had earlier said he would consider sending Saipov to Guantanamo Bay, the USA military detention center in Cuba that has been used to indefinitely hold suspected foreign jihadists, a practice that has drawn repeated criticism from rights groups.

They were also interviewing acquaintances and family, including his wife, who according to a law enforcement official was co-operative and claimed she did not know about the attack beforehand.

Authorities say the Uzbek immigrant said "he felt good about what he had done".

But legal experts argue that Trump's public support for giving Saipov the death penalty may actually make that sentence harder to reach in court.

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Trump responded to the attack by pledging to increase vetting of immigrants entering the U.S. He also promised Wednesday to end the visa program that allowed the suspect into the country.

During a speech Thursday morning in New York City that was scheduled before the truck attack, Attorney General Jeff Sessions seemed to offer a subtle hint to the president that terrorism suspects can face justice in federal courts.

Saipov could also offer information to authorities helpful beyond his case, because a suspected terrorist in custody also lets investigators delve more deeply into "the arc of their radicalization", Miller said.

He was in a wheelchair, having been shot in the abdomen when apprehended by police.

USA law enforcement officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing, told Reuters that Saipov had been in contact with Kadirov and another person of interest in the investigation, though they did not elaborate.

Trump had never committed to sending Saipov to Guantanamo.

His tweet raised troubling questions about the separation of powers and the independence of prosecutors and the federal judiciary.



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