Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is communicating with authorities regarding his alleged role in the Boston Marathon bombings, one week ago. The teen was caught late Friday (April 19) and taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, to receive treatment for a wound to the throat.
Tsarnaev, whose been listed in serious condition, had been sedated and incubated following his capture. The 19-year-old was responding to questions, but it is unclear what he was being asked.
According to CBC correspondent John Miller, the inquiry was focussed around Tsarnaev’s alleged construction of the explosives. “It’s basically, ‘Where did you make the bombs? Are there any more explosives out there? Any more cells? Are there any more people?'” Miller explained. “And while I’m told he’s being cooperative, I’m also getting the sense — and I want to be careful of too many specifics here — that he’s not saying there’s a whole second wave of plots or plotters here. Still there are places where there may be explosives and other things to find, it sounds like.”
Charges have not yet been brought against him.
Authorities decided not to read Tsarnaev his Miranda rights, allowing him the “right to remain silent,” and the “right to an attorney.” The option was skipped based on a loophole that allows for suspects posing a public threat not be read their rights, and to engage in questioning, without the presence of a lawyer.
Friends of Tsarnaev revealed that he was on campus every day after the bombings, up until last Thursday (April 18). They have also described him as being a nice guy. “REFUSE to give up on you even if 100% of America already has,” tweeted one of his friends.
He and his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, were involved in a shootout with cops leading to the death of the older sibling, and a campus police officer. Tamerlan, 26, is pegged as the ring leader of the two, and had been on the FBI’s radar over a reported interest in terrorism.
No evidence was found to continue investigating Tamerlan.
**Update: As of Monday (April 22), Tsarnaev was charged with using a weapon of mass destruction. “He will not be treated as an enemy combatant. We will prosecute this terrorist through our civilian system of justice,” said White House press secretary, Jay Carney. “Under U.S. law, United States citizens cannot be tried 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.”