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Dershowitz: Boston Bomber Will Become Martyr with Death Penalty.

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By Todd Beamon

The Justice Department is giving Dzhokhar Tsarnaev “what he wants” by seeking the death penalty for last year’s Boston Marathon bombings, Alan Dershowitz told Newsmax on Thursday.

“It will make him more famous,” the former Harvard law professor said in an exclusive interview. “It’ll attract more attention.

“It’ll give him an opportunity to make his jihad statements. It will focus a lot of attention on whether he lives or dies. This is going to give him what he wants.

“After all, why did he commit this crime?” Derschowitz asked. “He had nothing against the people he killed. What he wanted to do was make a statement — and now, he’s being given an opportunity to make that statement in an extreme context.”

The Justice Department said on Thursday that it would seek the death penalty against Tsarnaev who is accused of setting the bombs that killed three and injured more than 260 at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. He is also charged with killing police officer Sean Collier.

Tsarnaev, 20, is charged with planting two pressure-cooker bombs at the site with his older brother, Tamerlan, who was later killed in a shootout with police. They are ethnic Chechens from Russia who had lived in the Boston area for about a decade.

Seventeen of 30 charges against Tsarnaev carry the possibility of the death penalty, including using a weapon of mass destruction to kill. He has pleaded not guilty. No trial date has been set.

Attorney General Eric Holder made the final decision. The bombings were one of the most prominent terrorist attacks in the U.S. since 9/11.

Dershowitz told Newsmax that he was not surprised at Justice’s decision.

“If there is ever a case, if there ever was a crime that calls for the death penalty, this is it: Premeditated. Massive numbers of intended victims. Three deaths — many, many injuries. No remorse. Open-and-shut factual case on the evidence.

“On the other hand,” Dershowitz reasoned, “he is young and may have been influenced by his brother — but those mitigating factors don’t even compare to the aggravating factors.

“I would still think the better course would’ve been to let him rot in jail and die 50 years from now an obscure prisoner rather give him the attention he’s going to get as somebody facing the death penalty,” he said.

Tsarnaev’s case now will attract the attention of the American Civil Liberties Union and organizations that oppose the death penalty, Dershowitz predicted.

“He’s going to be a martyr to some people who agree with him. I think we’re giving him what he wants here.

“I think he wants the death penalty,” he continued. “He was prepared to die in a shootout. He was prepared to probably die when he planted the bomb — and he’s probably willing to die now as a martyr.

“I don’t think we, as a society, gain much by putting him on trial for his life.”

But Dershowitz commended Justice for not rushing to judgment in its decision.

“I suspect that there was quite a bit of debate within the Justice Department. There are probably a lot of people in this Justice Department who don’t support the death penalty — and there are probably some who do.

“It’s a credit to the Justice Department that they gave it the kind of thoughtful consideration, even though I think they came to the wrong decision.”

There have only been three federal executions in the past 50 years. Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and triple murderer Juan Raul Garza were put to death within eight days of each other in June 2001, while Louis Jones who raped and murdered a soldier was executed in March 2003.

And getting a jury to sentence Tsarnaev to death is not assured — particularly in Massachusetts, which abolished the death penalty in 1984. The sentence can still be applied in federal cases tried in the state.

A Boston Globe survey found last year that 57 percent of the city’s residents favored life in prison for Tsarnaev, if he is convicted, with 33 percent supporting execution.

“We don’t know what the public really wants,” Dershowitz told Newsmax. “We know the public, generally in Massachusetts, is against the death penalty — but many of the people who are against the death penalty would probably favor it in this case. Once they hear all the evidence, they may favor it.

“But remember,” the law professor cautioned, “all you need is one juror saying ‘no’ and holding out — you can’t impose the death penalty unless there’s unanimity. It’s certainly possible that they won’t get the death penalty.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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US to Seek Death Penalty Against Boston Marathon Bomber.

Accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be put to death if he is found guilty of planting bombs that killed three people and wounded 264 at the Boston Marathon last year, the U.S. government’s chief prosecutor said on Thursday.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement that he was authorizing trial prosecutors to seek the death penalty against Tsarnaev, who is charged with committing one of the largest attacks on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001.

“The nature of the conduct at issue and the resultant harm compel this decision,” Holder said. Holder had faced a Friday deadline for deciding whether to seek the death penalty as part of Tsarnaev’s upcoming trial in Boston.

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The decision drew fire from the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, which pointed out the case would be prosecuted in a state that had scrapped the death penalty decades ago.

“I wish Federal officials would have respected the clear wishes of the people of Massachusetts, who were on the front lines in this tragic event,” Carol Rose, the executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts said.

A Boston Globe survey found last year that 57 percent of Boston residents favored life in prison for Tsarnaev, if he is convicted, with 33 percent in favor of execution.

Prosecutors say that Tsarnaev, 20, and his 26-year-old brother Tamerlan planted a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs at the race’s crowded finish line on April 15, 2013, killing three people – including an 8-year-old boy. The blast also wounded 264 others, many of whom lost limbs.

Three nights later, the pair killed a university police officer and later engaged in a shootout with police that left Tamerlan dead, prosecutors say.

Austin Sarat, Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science at Amherst College in Massachusetts, said the nature of the case probably left the Justice Department little choice but to seek capital prosecution.

“If the harm is unusual, if the harm is dramatic, gruesome, and devastating, it is often very hard for any other factor to outweigh it,” he said. “I’m not surprised by this decision.”

The younger Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges. Justice Department officials said the nearly seven months since the attack was necessary to evaluate fully the circumstances of the case and to gather recommendations from prosecutors advising Holder.

Holder has said he is not a proponent of the death penalty because he believes its value as a deterrent is questionable, but since becoming attorney general in 2009, he has authorized prosecutors to seek the death penalty in 36 cases, according to the Justice Department.

Attorneys for Tsarnaev have argued against a possible death sentence, in part because they claim Dzhokhar was following the lead of his older brother. They have also accused the government of throwing up unfair obstacles to hinder preparation of their client’s defense, including seeking to rush the start of trial and not sharing important evidence.

Tsarnaev’s defense attorney Miriam Conrad declined to comment on Holder’s decision on Thursday.

The blasts killed 8-year-old Martin Richard as well as Krystle Campbell, 29, and Chinese national Lu Lingzi, 23. Tsarnaev is also accused in the shooting death of Sean Collier, 27, the university police officer.

A spokesman for Richard’s family said the family did not want to comment. Efforts to reach the families of the other victims were not immediately successful.

A trial date for Tsarnaev has not yet been set.

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Death Penalty Decision Imminent in Boston Bombing.

As attorney general, Eric Holder has approved pursuing the death penalty in at least 34 criminal cases, upholding a long-ago pledge to Congress that he would vigorously enforce federal law even though he’s not a proponent of capital punishment.


In the next day or two, Holder will make the most high-profile death penalty decision of his career in law enforcement: whether to seek capital punishment in the case of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the defendant in the Boston Marathon bombings last April that killed three people and injured 260.

As the U.S. attorney in Washington, D.C. in 1993, Holder recommended to Attorney General Janet Reno that she not seek the death penalty in the case of a slain police officer because of legal obstacles that made conviction unlikely. Reno overruled him but in the end, the government cut a deal that put the killer away for life imprisonment, a frequent outcome in capital punishment prosecutions.

“The case had problems … and when we had the ability to get a plea from the defendant that put him in jail without any chance of parole for the rest of his life, we decided to accept the plea,” Holder explained later to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

At the same hearing, Holder assured the Senate panel that “I will enforce the law that has been passed, and any statute that contains a death penalty provision will be looked at as any other statute. I will enforce the law as this Congress gives it to us.”

In recent death penalty cases brought by Holder’s Justice Department, one defendant was sentenced to death and six received life sentences, either through a plea or a trial.

Even when there’s a conviction, the odds against death sentences being imposed are such that “from the Justice Department’s point of view the question about the death penalty often comes down to ‘If we seek it, how likely are we to get it?'” said David Schertler, who was chief of the homicide section when Holder ran the U.S. Attorney’s office in Washington, D.C.

Holder has had “a lot of experience with the death penalty and he has always been extremely thoughtful, deliberate and concerned about being consistent on the subject,” Schertler said.

As recently as last week, Holder emphasized that his opposition to the death penalty is due in part to practical concerns — what he sees as failures in the legal system.

“The problem is that in too many places, lawyers who are defending poor people don’t have adequate resources to do a good job,” Holder said in an appearance at the University of Virginia last Thursday. “You end up with these miscarriages of justice.”

“It’s really one of the reasons why I am personally opposed to the death penalty,” Holder added. “As good as our system is, it’s ultimately a system that is filled with men and women who are well intentioned but who make mistakes. And as horrible as it is for somebody to be put in jail for crimes that they did not commit, it is obviously not as bad as a situation where somebody is executed for a crime that he or she did not commit.”

But Holder’s description of a flawed legal system with inadequate resources doesn’t apply to the Boston case.

One of the finest death penalty attorneys in the country, Judy Clarke, is leading the legal team defending Tsarnaev. That legal team may be able to mount a strong defense by arguing that the defendant, just 19 at the time of the bombings, was under the influence of his older brother, Tamerlan, who was killed in a shootout with police four days after the blasts.

Another factor could complicate the government’s case if it seeks the death penalty. Massachusetts hasn’t had a state death penalty law since 1984. History suggests that it can be extremely difficult for federal prosecutors to win capital punishment cases in states that don’t have a capital punishment law of their own.

On the other hand, a jury of Massachusetts residents handed up a death sentence in the only federal capital case now pending in the state. A judge tossed out the jury’s death sentence against Gary Lee Sampson, a drifter who pleaded guilty in the July 2001 slayings of two men who had picked Sampson up hitchhiking. The U.S. Attorney in Boston, Carmen Ortiz, says prosecutors will again seek the death penalty instead of allowing Sampson to serve a life sentence.

The numbers seem to suggest an uphill battle for a death penalty prosecution.

From 1993 to 2012, the Justice Department brought 88 capital punishment cases in states that didn’t have a death penalty. Just seven of the defendants wound up on death row, according to data compiled by the Federal Death Penalty Resource Counsel Project.

Larry Mackey, a former Justice Department prosecutor, said that if Tsarnaev goes to trial, jury selection will delve into whether the jurors really hold the same view as Massachusetts law. In the end, he said, any risk that the prosecution can seat 12 jurors prepared to vote for death — even in Massachusetts — will propel negotiations for a guilty plea with life imprisonment. In this case, both parties have a reason to be at the negotiating table, he said.

There have been just three federal executions since the death penalty was reinstituted in 1976, and Mackey prosecuted one of them — Timothy McVeigh, in the Oklahoma City bombing case. The other defendant in the Oklahoma City bombing case, Terry Nichols, is serving a term of life imprisonment without possibility of parole.

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Three Friends of Boston Bomber Plead Not Guilty to Cover-up Charges.

Three friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appeared in court on Friday, pleading not guilty to separate charges of lying to investigators and conspiring to obstruct justice.

Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, both 19-year-olds from Kazakhstan, are charged with impeding the investigation into the April 15 attack that left three dead and about 200 injured by trying to conceal and cover-up evidence

Robel Phillipos, 19, another college friend of Tsarnaev’s, pleaded not guilty to charges he lied to police after the attack.

In the wake of the Boston Marathon blasts, police carried out a massive manhunt for Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who allegedly planted two pressure-cooker bombs near the finish line.

The indictment alleges that after the FBI released photographs of the suspects, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sent Kadyrbayev a text message suggesting that he go to Tsarnaev’s “room and take what’s there.”

The three young men then went to Tsarnaev’s dormitory room and removed a laptop and a backpack containing fireworks and other items, prosecutors allege.

Later that night Kadyrbayev is accused of putting the backpack in a garbage bag and placing it in a dumpster outside their apartment.

During later questioning, Phillipos hid these events from police and “in so doing, he made numerous false and misleading statements to the agents,” according to the indictment.

Kadyrbayev’s lawyer Robert Stahl said his client had “no criminal intent to obstruct justice to assist Dzhokar in any way.”

“My client is shocked and horrified as the rest of us about what happened and there was no context for him to put this in because Dzhokar was not radical, not religious and never expressed any of these views.”

The latest arraignment comes from a superceding indictment which combines the case of the first two suspects — who had already pled to the charges — with that of Phillipos.

“Today’s arraignment of Robel Phillipos on the indictment is simply a formal step in the court process and does not represent any new development in the case,” his lawyers said.

Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov face up to 20 years in prison and the prospect of deportation from the United States if convicted. Phillipos faces up to 16 years in jail if he is found guilty.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed during a shootout with police, while his younger brother — who has pleaded not guilty to 30 counts, 17 of which are punishable by death — was later arrested, wounded and hiding inside a small boat in a nearby backyard.

On Thursday, the parents of Tamerlan’s wife Katherine Russell, appeared before a grand jury to answer questions about the attack, local media reported.

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Boston Marathon Bomber’s ‘Rolling Stone’ Crime and Punishment.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on 'Rolling Stone'
‘Rolling Stone’ is embroiled in controversy over the cover of its August issue, which features a dreamy picture of young Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving brother accused of bombing the Boston Marathon.

Rolling Stone magazine is laughing all the way to the bank. The hipper-than-thou journal of the smart set is embroiled in a noisy controversy over the cover of its August issue. They’ve published a dreamy picture of young Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving brother accused of bombing the Boston Marathon. The cover shot is being compared to the stoned-looking cover the magazine ran on bad-boy rocker Jim Morrison decades ago.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is charged with a terrorist attack last April that claimed three lives—including that of an 8-year-old boy—and maimed dozens of innocent runners and bystanders. Editors of Rolling Stone deny they are glamorizing a terrorist. They say their in-depth reportage gives important clues as to how a seemingly agreeable teen was radicalized and became a jihadi.

A number of retail news outlets, and even CVS, plan not to carry this issue of the magazine because of its troubling image on the cover. Social media has erupted in outrage with friends of the wounded expressing their righteous indignation over the magazine cover.

We can’t really expect Rolling Stone editors to have read French philosopher La Rochefoucauld’s wise maxim: “To understand all is to pardon all.” And besides, Rolling Stone is following in famous journalists’ footsteps in profiling those credibly accused of mass murder.

Time magazine editors faced similar criticisms back in the 1930s and ’40s. That’s when the mass circulation newsweekly put Germany’s Adolf Hitler and the Soviet Union’s Josef Stalin on their cover. They even named the 20th century’s greatest mass killers “Man of the Year” on separate occasions. Nazi Germany’s führer, Hitler, gained that designation in 1938. Stalin received the distinction in 1943.

Time‘s editors also pushed back against critics in their decade. “We are not honoring these people,” they argued. “We are simply saying that the ‘Man of the Year’ is that one person who did more, for good or ill, to influence the course of events. This is Time marching on,” they seemed to say, “not Good Housekeeping.”

We know this much about Hitler and Stalin: By the time they were nominated as Time‘s “Man of the Year,” they were both far along in their careers of mass murder.

Did Time‘s editors know that when they so designated the despots? Yes. They could not not know it. Of course, Time readers knew about Hitler’s “Night of the Long Knives,” which took place on June 30, 1934. That’s when Hitler lashed out at his opponents—right-wing generals, Catholic Center party members, as well as his now inconveniently fanatical supporters.

Hitler used the occasion of a purge of his own ranks to kill Storm Trooper leader Ernst Roehm, a very possible rival for Hitler’s power. Roehm was seized in a bed he was sharing with a teenage boy.

Time chose to name Hitler “Man of the Year” for 1938. That fateful year, the führer had triumphed over the weak-kneed leaders of the Western democracies—Britain’s Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and France’s Edouard Daladier-at Munich. He browbeat them into accepting his almost bloodless takeover of Czechoslovakia’s crucial Sudetenland region. Most significant, however, was the fact that Germany had erupted into a nationwide orgy of anti-Semitic murders and rioting on the night of November 9-10, 1938. That darkest night yet of Nazi rule would be known to history as Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass.

Time editors knew all this when they named Adolf Hitler “Man of the Year” for 1938.

About Josef Stalin, information was admittedly harder to come by. The Soviet Union was not an open society. It didn’t pay for Western journalists to ask too many questions. Actually, it paid very well for Western journalists, like The New York TimesWalter Durantynot to question Stalin at all. Duranty won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of Stalin’s industrialization and forced collectivization policies. Between the lines, it was clear that things weren’t going well for the kulaks (fists). This Stalinist word meant “grasping, greedy peasants.”

We now know that 5 million of these people—who grasped only for a crust of bread—were intentionally starved to death in Ukraine under Stalin’s communist rule. “How long are you going to keep killing people in the Western Ukraine?” Britain’s Lady Astor asked Stalin in the Kremlin. His apparatchiks all froze in terror at the American-born Member of Parliament’s boldness. Puffing thoughtfully on his pipe, the “Father of the Progressive Peoples” mildly retorted, “As long as it is necessary.”

Time editors knew all this, too, when they named Stalin their 1943 “Man of the Year.”

So, will Time nominate Dzhokhar Tsarnaev their 2013 “Person of the Year”? Rolling Stone, in effect, has already scooped them.

The key to all of our efforts to understand the motives of great criminals may have been given to us before Hitler, Stalin or even Tsarnaev ever drew a breath. In 19th-century Russia, novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote Crime and Punishment. In it, a hungry former university student in Petersburg, one Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov, realizes that even the great conqueror Napoleon had to start somewhere on the trail of gloire and gore. Young Raskolnikov rationalizes that he should kill a grasping, greedy pawnbroker, an old woman. He has a right to do it, he fantasizes, for he is an extraordinary man.

“I simply hinted that the extraordinary man has the right … that it is not an official right but an inner right to decide in his own conscience to overstep certain obstacles and only in case it is essential for the practical fulfillment of his idea (sometimes, perhaps, of the benefit of the whole humanity). … In short, I maintain that all great men or even men a little out of the common, that is to say capable of giving [mankind] some new word, must from their nature be criminals, more or less, of course. Otherwise, it is hard for them to get out of the common rut.”

It’s all there in Raskolnikov in Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, written 160 years ago.

What are we supposed to learn from Rolling Stone today—or Time in 1938 and 1943—that we couldn’t have learned from the great Russian novelist? And why must we keep learning these lessons year after year?


Bob Morrison is senior fellow for policy studies at Family Research Council. This article appeared in The Christian Post Wednesday.

Boston Bomb Suspect Says He Has Thousands in Donations.

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told his mother he has received at least $1,000 in donations for his defense after an account was opened for him, ABC News reports.

Tsarnaev’s phone call to his mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, was recorded, apparently by his parents, and a translation was aired on Channel 4 News in the U.K. Tsarnaev’s mother tells him in the recording that $8,000 has been given to the family in Dagestan as well.

The call, which occurred last week was the first between the 19-year-old suspect and his parents. The parents say they have been allowed one phone call a month with their son since his arrest.

Tsarnaev’s 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan, was killed in a firefight with Boston police after the two were named suspects after video was released of them near the bomb sites. Three people were killed in the explosions and almost 300 were injured.

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By Greg Richter

Investigators Believe Boston Bombs Likely Made at Tsarnaev’s Home.

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A collection of fireworks that was found inside a backpack that belonged to Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The backpack was recovered by law enforcement agents from a landfill in New Bedford, Massachusetts on April 26.

Investigators believe Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his younger brother, Dzhokhar, likely made the bombs they are suspected of setting off at last month’s Boston Marathon in Tamerlan’s home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, law enforcement officials said on Friday.

FBI agents have been questioning Tamerlan’s wife, Katherine Russell, and other witnesses for days to try to piece together exactly how and where the devices were made and what people knew about the brothers’ beliefs and plans.

Investigators said they are increasingly convinced that the ethnic Chechen brothers lifted their bomb designs from Internet postings by Islamic militants, though they substituted some components, and made the lethal devices less than five miles (8 km) from the spot where the bombs killed three and injured 264.

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Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and his 24-year-old wife lived on Norfolk Street in Cambridge. Tamerlan spent hours alone there, minding the couple’s young child as his wife worked up to 80 hours a week as a health aide, her lawyer, Amato DeLuca, has said. His brother Dzhokhar, 19, was enrolled as a student at the University of Massachusetts and lived in a dormitory on the school’s Dartmouth campus, about an hour’s drive from Boston.

Investigators believe that during his long days at home alone, Tamerlan, who enjoyed expensive clothes and cars and occasionally worked as a mechanic, likely honed his bomb-making skills with materials found around the house. Police had said the bombs were built from pressure cookers packed with nails and ball bearings.

Soon after investigators released pictures of the suspected bombers and asked the public for help in identifying and locating the two men, Tamerlan communicated with his wife, said officials familiar with the investigation, who asked for anonymity when discussing sensitive information.

Law enforcement officials said the pair communicated after she saw the pictures of her husband and brother-in-law on television. Russell sent a text message to her husband, a national security source said.

Russell’s lawyer declined to comment on Friday. He said earlier in the week that Russell spent many hours talking with officials and was eager to “provide as much assistance to the investigation as she can.”

Officials took DNA samples from her after a woman’s DNA was found on one of the bomb remnants. Other media have reported that the DNA on the bomb is not a match to Russell. The FBI declined to comment on the matter.


Ever since her husband was killed after a shootout with police, Russell, still dressing in long skirts and traditional Muslim head scarf, has been trying to stay out of sight while living with her parents in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. She has tried to distance herself from the man she married in June, 2010 at a mosque in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood.

She declined to pick up Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s body from the Massachusetts Medical Examiner’s office, allowing his relatives to claim the remains and arrange for a funeral.

Boston news station WCVB reported late on Friday that Tsarnaev’s death was ruled a homicide and that he died from gunshot wounds and blunt trauma to the head and torso. Dzhokhar drove over Tamerlan while trying to escape as police shot at the pair.

Meanwhile investigators were also pursuing leads across the state and focusing their attention on the Dartmouth area where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect, was a student.

“The searches at various locations in Dartmouth, Mass., today are part of the ongoing investigation into the marathon bombing,” a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s office said. “Residents should be advised that there is no threat to public safety.”

Earlier in the week, authorities arrested three of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s college friends, charging two with hiding evidence and one with lying to investigators.

Two Russian-speaking students from Kazakhstan, Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, were accused of removing Tsarnaev’s backpack filled with empty fireworks and his laptop from his dormitory room, the government said in court documents.

Investigators found the backpack in a local landfill. A third college friend, Robel Phillipos, an American, lied to investigators about what the trio had done, authorities said.

All are now being held in jail.

In Kazakhstan, Dias Kadyrbayev’s father, Murat, said he was certain his son was innocent and that the students “are assisting the investigation in every possible way.”

He described how his son was taken into custody in the hours after a shoot-out between the Tsarnaev brothers and police.

“The last time I spoke with him after the arrest, he told me then over the phone, ‘Papa, they’ve arrested us like in an American movie. They came … with a platoon of soldiers, with submachine guns, with laser sights,'” the father said.

U.S. officials said the two Kazakhs were initially picked up on immigration violations last month and were later charged with obstruction of justice.

The mayor of Boston expressed anger that officials had disclosed that the Tsarnaev brothers initially planned their attacks for July 4. “It frightens people. We continue to get information out there that will arouse people,” Mayor Thomas Menino said at a luncheon. The city will hold its annual Fourth of July celebrations, which include a concert by the Boston Pops Orchestra and fireworks, as planned.

“We won’t be frozen by terrorists,” he said. (Reporting By Svea Herbst-Bayliss, Mark Hosenball in Washington, Jim Finkle, Aaron Pressman, Tim McLaughlin and Ross Kerber in Boston; Editing by Edith Honan, Cynthia Johnston and Eric Walsh)

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