Tsarnaev sentenced to death, apologizes to victims in court – report
MOSCOW, June 25 (RAPSI) – A court in Boston has officially sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death for his participation in Boston Marathon bombings. Tsarnaev has spoken for the first time during the trial admitting his guilt and asking for forgiveness, The Guardian reported.
According to The Guardian, Tsarnaev said that “In case there is any doubt, I am guilty of this attack, along with my brother”.
“I would like to now apologize to the victims, to the survivors, I want to ask forgiveness of Allah and his creation,” he added.
Trial's final phase turned out very emotional as Tsarnaev's victims and their relatives spoke in court, The Guardian reported.
Judge George O’Toole quoted Shakespeare while addressing Tsarnaev: “When your name is mentioned all that will be remembered is the evil you have done.”
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.
Tsarnaev was found guilty on all charges on April 8, 2015 and was sentenced to death on May 15.