Sayfullo Saipov

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Attorneys: US surveilled bike path terror suspect for years, possibly illegally

March 18, 2019 - 6:01 pm

NEW YORK (AP) -- Defense lawyers for a man charged with killing eight people in a New York City terrorist attack say the U.S. surveilled their client surreptitiously and perhaps illegally for years.

The lawyers said in a court filing Monday that they think Sayfullo Saipov's electronic communications may have been vacuumed up through bulk surveillance or by targeting individuals overseas.

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They are demanding more U.S. disclosures to defend Saipov in a death penalty case arising from the Oct. 31, 2017 attack.

Saipov has pleaded not guilty to charges that he drove a truck down a Manhattan bike path on Halloween in 2017, running over cyclists, before crashing his vehicle into a school bus. He was shot by a police officer and arrested at the scene.

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