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Boston bomb suspect will not be tried as enemy combatant: Jay Carney
WASHINGTON–Boston bombings suspect Dzokhar Tsarnaev will tried in the U.S. civilian federal court system, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Monday. Some GOP senators had suggested he should be tried as an enemy combatant.
“He will not be treated as an enemy combatant,” Carney said of the hospitalized Tsaraev.
“We will prosecute this terrorist through our civilian system of justice. Under U.S. law, United States citizens cannot be trialed — tried, rather, in military commissions. And it is important to remember that since 9/11 we have used the federal court system to convict and incarcerate hundreds of terrorists. The effective use of the criminal justice system has resulted in the interrogation, conviction and detention of both U.S. citizens and noncitizens for acts of terrorism committed inside the United States and around the world. The system has repeatedly proven that it can successfully handle the threat that we continue to face.”
A report from Reuters, citing a court official, also said Tsarnaev was formally arraigned in his hospital bed but charges will not be made public until his first court appearance.