Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzohokhar Tsarnaev will not be charged as an enemy combatant, according to White House spokesman Jay Carney.
Tsarnaev was charged during his initial court appearance before a federal magistrate Monday afternoon from his hospital bed; however, the complaint is “under seal” and will not be released to the public at this time.
According to WPTV News Channel 5, Tsarnaev was charged with “use of a weapon of mass destruction and malicious destruction of property resulting in death.”
The Boston Globe reported Carney said at Monday’s press conference:
Speaking at a media briefing in Washington, spokesman Jay Carney said Tsarnaev would not be tried as an enemy combatant.
Pointing to other terrorists who have been tried and convicted in federal court, he said, “The system has repeatedly proven that it can successfully handle the threat that we continue to face.”
He also said that US citizens cannot be tried before military commissions. Tsarnaev is a naturalized US citizen. He was sworn in as a citizen in September.
He will be tried as a terrorist in federal court. Attorney General Eric Holder will decide if Tsarnaev will face the death penalty.