Boston bomb suspect charged in hospital

2013-04-22 19:22
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. (FBI/ AP)

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. (FBI/ AP)

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Boston - Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was charged on Monday in his hospital bed, but the federal complaint against him has been sealed, the prosecutor's office said.

Tsarnaev, 19, is accused of carrying out the twin bomb attacks at the Boston Marathon a week ago, which killed three people and left 180 others wounded.

Tsarnaev's brother, believed to have been his accomplice, was killed last week.

Meanwhile, AFP reports that the White House insists that Tsarnaev will not be treated as an "enemy combatant" but would be tried through the US civilian justice system.

"He will not be treated as an enemy combatant," said White House spokesperson Jay Carney, following calls from some Republicans for Tsarnaev to be granted the same status as "War on Terror" detainees.

"We will prosecute this terrorist through our civilian system of justice," Carney said, arguing that US law prohibited a US citizen being tried in the military court system.

Carney said that since the September 11 2001 attacks the US government had repeatedly and successfully used civilian courts to try terror suspects.

"The system has repeatedly proven that it can successfully handle the threat we continue to face," Carney said.

Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham have led calls for the teenager to be declared an "enemy combatant," which would give him the same status as detainees held at the Guantanamo military prison.

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