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Boston suspect won’t be treated as enemy combatant, White House says

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April 22, 2013 | 10:18 am

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, suspect #2 in the Boston Marathon explosion is pictured in this undated FBI handout photo. Photo from REUTERS/FBI/Handout

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, suspect #2 in the Boston Marathon explosion is pictured in this undated FBI handout photo. Photo from REUTERS/FBI/Handout

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the ethnic Chechen college student suspected in the deadly Boston Marathon bombings, will not be treated as an enemy combatant in the legal process, White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Monday.

"He will not be treated as an enemy combatant," Carney told reporters at a briefing. "We will prosecute this terrorist through our civilian system of justice. Under U.S. law, United States citizens cannot be tried in military commissions."

Reporting By Mark Felsenthal; editing by Christopher Wilson

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