The sentence for the assassin of the Boston Marathon has to be decided anew – so a judge ordered. Now the US President is interfering in the case.
Donald Trump has opposed the annulment of the death sentence against the Boston Marathon bomber agile. Jochar Zarnajew must be sentenced to death again, the US President said on Twitter on Sunday. “Hardly anyone deserves the death penalty more than the Boston bomber.”
When the trial was reissued, the prosecutor’s office must again demand the death penalty, Trump wrote. “Our country cannot allow the decision of the Court of Appeal to stand.”
A federal appeals court had overturned the death sentence against Zarnayev on Friday. It referred the case back to a lower court to rule on a new sentence. The reason given was that the trial did not ensure that the jury was unbiased about Zarnayev.
However, the appeals court only overturned the portion of the judgment that deals with the death penalty charges. Even if the death sentence is upheld after re-examination, Zarnayev would at least be sentenced to life imprisonment, the appeals court emphasized.
The 27-year-old Zarnajew was sentenced to death by lethal injection in mid-May 2015. The jury found him guilty, together with his brother Tamerlan, who was later killed to have detonated two self-made explosive devices in the finish area of the Boston Marathon in April 2013.
Several dead and hundreds injured in attack
Three people were killed in the worst terrorist attack in the United States since September 11, 2001. Many of the 264 injured had lost arms or legs in the attack. When the duo escaped for several days, a policeman and a tamerlan were also killed.
At the end of the trial, Zarnayev had broken his silence and himself addressed to the survivors and the families of the victims. “I would now like to apologize to the victims and the survivors,” said the 21-year-old at the official verdict. “I regret taking these lives and the suffering and harm I have done.”