Top Republican senators urged President Barack Obama on Saturday to hold Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, the suspect captured in the Boston Marathon bombing, as a potential enemy combatant.
This means he will be denied a government-appointed attorney and other legal rights under the “Law of War” so investigators can interrogate him more effectively.
Fox News reported that after his capture Friday, Tsarnaev was not read his Miranda rights, which tell suspects that information they give to officials can be used against them.
“The events we have seen over the past few days in Boston were an attempt to kill American citizens and terrorize a major American city,” Sens. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina; John McCain, Arizona; and Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire, said. “The suspect, based upon his actions, clearly is a good candidate for enemy combatant status. We do not want this suspect to remain silent.”
They were joined in the statement by New York Republican Rep. Peter King.
Tsarnaev was captured in Watertown, Mass., about eight miles from the bombing site. He remains in a hospital in critical condition with two gunshot wounds. His brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, was killed in a firefight with police. Both are Chechen Muslims.
He will be interrogated by the Obama administration's High Value Interrogation Group.
Justice Department officials told Fox News they hope to file charges against Tsarnaev by the end of the day Saturday.
In a social networking site, Tsarnaev selected "Islam" as his world view.