New York City terror suspect pleads not guilty

Source: Xinhua| 2017-11-29 06:33:55|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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NEW YORK, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- The suspect in New York City's deadliest terror attack since Sept. 11, 2001 pleaded not guilty Tuesday to murder and other criminal charges.

Sayfullo Saipov, 29, briefly appeared in a federal court in New York City for his arraignment on a 22-count indictment.

The Uzbek native who came into the United States legally in 2010 is charged in connection with the Oct. 31 terrorist attack, in which he plowed a truck onto a busy bike lane in Manhattan, killing eight people and injuring 12 others.

The 22-count indictment against Saipov include eight counts of murder and 12 counts of attempted murder, both in aid of racketeering, and one count of providing and attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State (IS) group, among others.

According to the indictment, Saipov allegedly told authorities he was inspired to carry out the attack by IS videos he had watched on his phone.

The most serious charges against Saipov carry the death penalty.

The next hearing in Saipov's case is set for Jan. 23.