He terrorist Uzbek man who ran over and killed eight people (five of them Argentines) in New York in 2017 was sentenced this Wednesday to ten life sentences plus 260 years in prison, as reported by the Department of Justice.
They’re a judgment of perpetuity for each fatality, plus two additional ones, plus 260 years, according to the judgment Judge Vernon Broderick, who thus applied the verdict reached on March 3 by the jury, which for its part refused to apply the death penalty after deliberations that lasted 9 hours.
Sayfullo Saipov, 35, a self-confessed jihadist, rammed a truck into people on a bike path in Manhattan on Halloween night in 2017.killing eight and injuring twelve more.
In today’s session, Saipov spoke for more than an hour, according to various media present, and he delivered a speech riddled with religious references and pointing a finger to the sky on numerous occasions, while quoting different prophets from the Koran and even Adam and Eve and the temptation of the serpent.
The judge gave the floor to relatives of the dead, such as the Argentine Gabriela Pereya, widow of Ariel Erlij, who confronted Saipov: “Your god thinks you’re a coward because you didn’t kill yourself when you killed them. And if you want Him to accept you and love you, go kill yourself.”he snapped, according to Fox News.
The dead Argentines were part of a group of ten friends residing in the city of Rosario who celebrated together in New York the 30th anniversary of his college graduation when they found death.
A survivor of the attack, Rachel Pharn, also took the floor, who told him that his actions “do not serve Allah”, and asked him: “If you say that you are not sorry, that you did it on purpose, is that true? I need to know why, how can I fix you, and how can I fix the world around me,” he told the court.
Of the twelve wounded, some have had their legs amputated and many have huge scars on their bodies.
The prosecutors in the case had left behind a written document that read: “Saipov is a shameless terrorist, a proud murderer who deserves no mercy and must be punished to the fullest extent of the law”they said.
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