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05 November 2017, 12:57 | Bernice Figueroa
Donald Trump says 'happy' New York truck attacker should get death penalty
"Statistically that process takes much longer than going through the Federal system", Trump said in an early morning tweet, adding that there is "also something appropriate" about keeping him "in the home of the disgusting crime he committed".
"Sounds nice, it's not nice, it's not good", Trump said of the program under which Sayfullo Saipov, accused in the NY truck attack that left eight dead, entered the US from Uzbekistan.
The suspect, Sayfullo Saipov, told investigators he was inspired by watching Islamic State videos and began planning Tuesday's attack a year ago, according to the criminal complaint filed in federal court against him on Wednesday.
Trump tweeted Thursday that there is "also something appropriate" about keeping Saipov "in the home of the frightful crime he committed".
The president doubled down on his earlier tweet, typing, "Should move fast".
The president had earlier said he would consider sending Saipov to Guantanamo Bay, the United States 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.
At least a dozen others were injured in the truck attack in Tribeca.
Meanwhile, the Federal Bureau of Investigation was questioning a second person from Uzbekistan, 32-year-old Mukhammadzoir Kadirov.
The Islamic State did not exist when the authorization was passed.
"The defence is sure to raise this as unfair and raising questions about a jury being able to reach an impartial verdict", said James Acker, a criminal justice professor at the State University of NY in Albany who specialises in capital punishment.
"Send him to Gitmo".
Sanders said the Trump administration considers Saipov to be an "enemy combatant", but stressed that no decision had been made about how to prosecute him or where he would be detained.
Asked about the president's comments on the "Today" show Thursday, NYPD Chief James O'Neill said: "I get to work with our justice system every day and in New York City; it's definitely not a joke".
Tuesday's attack was the first terror strike inside the United States during Trump's presidency and was allegedly done in sympathy with Islamic State, also known as ISIS, the extremist group Trump has argued he has "on the run".
"He was following the ISIS instructions which says if you're going to do this you need to claim credit for ISIS or we won't know you're one of us and to yell it out, post it online or their magazine even suggested leaving leaflets and this seems to touch on that last piece", he said. A 31-year-old Belgian mother was also among the dead and 12 other people were wounded in the worst attack in NY since the September 11, 2001 Al-Qaeda hijackings.
According to The Independent, his tweet calling for the NY terror attack suspect to be executed could potentially jeopardize the trial.
Vladeck noted that American criminal courts, which have secured hundreds of terrorism-related convictions since September 11, have been more efficient than the military tribunal process at Guantanamo Bay.
The attack killed five people from Argentina, one from Belgium and two Americans, authorities said.
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