Boston bombing suspect will not be tried as enemy combatant

Washington, Apr 22 (EFE).- Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the alleged co-author of the Boston Marathon bombings, will not be treated as an enemy combatant and will be tried in a civilian court, the White House announced Monday.

"He will not be treated as an enemy combatant. We will process this terrorist through our system of justice," spokesman Jay Carney said at his daily press briefing.

As a U.S. citizen, the 19-year-old Tsarnaev cannot be tried by a military tribunal, the spokesman pointed out.

"The (civilian justice) system has repeatedly proven that it can successfully handle the threat that we continue to face," Carney said, citing several successful terrorism prosecutions since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The U.S. government formally charged Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with using weapons of mass destruction against people in detonating two bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon a week ago, killing three people and wounding more than 180.

A federal judge on Monday came to the room at Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where Tsarnaev is being treated for wounds he suffered in confrontations with police before his capture last Friday night.

Tsarnaev, who remains in serious condition, is communicating with federal investigators in writing, given that he cannot speak after being wounded in the throat in the shootout with police in which his older brother and fellow suspect was killed.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died in the shootout with authorities early last Friday morning after he and his younger brother had killed an MIT campus police officer.