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Friday 18 April 2014

'Boston bomber' to face death penalty if guilty

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, suspect #2 in the Boston Marathon explosion is pictured in this undated FBI handout photo. Police on April 19, 2013 killed one suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing during a shootout and mounted a house-to-house search for a second man in the suburb of Watertown, Massachusetts. Accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be put to death if he is found guilty of planting bombs that killed three people and wounded 264 at the Boston Marathon last year, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said January 30, 2014.  REUTERS/FBI/Handout  (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER CRIME LAW) THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS -
Accused Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be put to death if he is found guilty of planting bombs that killed three people and wounded 264 at the Boston Marathon last year, US Attorney General Eric Holder said. Reuters

The US government is to seek the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, below, the former college student awaiting trial for allegedly bombing the Boston Marathon last year, killing three people and injuring 260.

The decision by US Attorney General Eric Holder was made after hearing arguments from Tsarnaev's defence team made over the past several months. It was announced yesterday by Boston US Attorney Carmen Ortiz. Tsarnaev's intentional involvement in the violent acts, his lack of remorse and his betrayal to the US justify a death sentence, Ortiz said in a filing.

Tsarnaev "committed the offense in an especially heinous, cruel, and depraved manner," Ortiz said.

He is charged with leaving homemade bombs in crowds near the marathon's finish line on April 15. The bombing was the first deadly terrorist attack in the US since September 11, 2001.

 

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