Sayfullo Saipov, the suspect in the New York City truck attack, is seen in this courtroom sketch appearing in Manhattan federal courtroom in a wheelchair in New York, NY, U.S., November 1, 2017. REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg
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Brought to court in a wheelchair, Saipov was held without bail on charges that could bring the death penalty. Separately, the FBI was questioning people who might have information about his actions before the attack, including a second Uzbek man.Handcuffed and with his legs shackled, Saipov nodded his head as he was read his rights in a brief court proceeding that he followed through a Russian interpreter. Saipov faces two charges, one of which carries the death penalty if the government chooses to seek it, acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim said.U.S. Senator Lindsay Graham, a Republican, Thursday criticized the Justice Department for charging Saipov in the courts, rather than treating him as an enemy combatant.Declaring Saipov an enemy combatant would have allowed investigators to interrogate him without having a lawyer present.
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