A sister of New York City terror suspect Sayfullo Saipov has told RFE/RL from their native Uzbekistan that her family believes the 29-year-old was “brainwashed” and has pleaded with U.S. authorities to give him “time” and a “fair trial.”
Umida Saipova, 27, offered condolences to the families of the victims of the October 31 rampage in which Saipov is accused of plowing a pickup truck through a bike path in Manhattan, killing eight people and leaving around a dozen others injured.
“My mother says she didn’t notice any sign of [radicalization] when she visited him in the U.S. twice,” Saipova said of 50-year-old Muqaddas Saipova, who was last in the United States to visit her son earlier this year. “My mother said she would have brought him back to Uzbekistan had she noticed anything.”
She didn’t notice anything because what he did was normal for a Muslim.