US court finds “betrayal of US” statement inappropriate in Boston bombing case
MOSCOW, June 19 (RAPSI) - At a pre-trial hearing in the Dzhokhar Tsarnayev case, the court found the allegations that Tsarnayev betrayed the United States “highly inappropriate,” Boston.com reported Wednesday. Tsarnayev is accused of plotting the terrorist attack during the Boston marathon on April 15, 2013.
The prosecution moved to execute Tsarnayev claiming that he betrayed the United States because he violated the oath he took to become a naturalized citizen.
The court ruled that it was unacceptable to make distinctions between naturalized and native-born citizens of the US. The court ruled for the defense and referred to other evidence that the prosecution could be based on. The judge added that any accusations of betrayal would be thrown out.
The court also issued a stern warning to the prosecutors about the statements being issued by former and current members of their team in the media.
As previously reported, the court permitted Tsarnayev’s family and lawyers to visit him in prison without being monitored by FBI agents. Instead, the court approved a proposal by US officials to assign an FBI agent to be present at such meetings who is not based in Boston or directly involved in the investigation.
On the afternoon of April 15, 2013, two explosions occurred near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. IEDs devised from pressure cookers, low explosive powder, shrapnel, adhesive, and other materials were hidden in backpacks that were then placed near metal barricades in areas packed with hundreds of spectators.
Tsarnaev was arrested following a dramatic manhunt during which his brother and co-suspect Tamerlan was killed, as was MIT Police Officer Sean Collier. Tsarnaev was charged on April 21 with the use of a weapon of mass destruction and malicious destruction of property resulting in death.
US prosecutors filed their notice of intent to pursue the death penalty against Tsarnaev on January 30, 2014. The government is seeking the death penalty for Tsarnaev, whose trial is to begin on November 3. He could face the death penalty if convicted.
Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to 30 criminal counts.