According to sources, the Boston Marathon bombings suspect, 19, told the police on Monday that Tamerlan Tsarneav, 26, organised the crime as he wanted to defend Islam from attack.
Two US officials have also revealed to reporters that the suspects appear to have acted alone and were motivated by a radical brand of Islam.
The preliminary evidence from Tsarnaev makes think that the brothers were motivated by religious extremism but were apparently not involved with Islamic terrorist organisations.
Tsarnaev (whom friends called “Jahar”) told authorities in writing that he and his brother discovered instructions for bomb-making on the Internet.
The teen communicated with his authorities in writing, precluding the type of back-and-forth exchanges often crucial to establishing key facts, said the officials, who have not been named., writes The Telegraph.
Interrogators are still trying to verify what they were told by the 19-year-old and were looking at such things as his telephone and online communications with others. Tamerlan died on the night that Dzhokhar was captured.
Earlier on Monday, the White House released a statement which claims that the suspect will be tried in a civilian court.
“He will not be treated as an enemy combatant. We will prosecute this terrorist through our civilian system of justice,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.
“Under U.S. law, United States citizens cannot be tried in military commissions. And it is important to remember that since 9/11 we have used the federal court system to convict and incarcerate hundreds of terrorists.”
Tsarnaev, a naturalized U.S. citizen of Chechen origin, made his initial court appearance at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where he is being treated.
The suspect got acquainted of his rights and he will face charges with one count of using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction in the U.S. and one count of malicious destruction of property with an explosive device.
Tsarnaev agreed to “voluntary detention,” but declined to answer questions regarding bail. A probable cause hearing was set for May 30.
“Today’s charges bring a successful end to a tragic week for the city of Boston and for our country,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement. “We will hold those who are responsible for these heinous acts accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”
The Tsarnaevs’ uncle Ruslan Tsarni said their alleged actions were abhorrent, the media reports claim.
“You put a shame on our entire family – the Tsarnaev family – and you put a shame on the entire Chechen ethnicity,” Tsarni said, promising to help his nephew seek forgiveness from the bombing victims and urged him to tell police everything he knows.
Tsarni suggested that Tamerlan Tsarnaev influenced his younger brother. The suspects’ father, who lives in the Russian republic of Dagestan, assured reporters on Saturday that his sons were “never, ever” involved in the Boston attacks. He also revealed his plans to go to the United States, but he didn’t mention when.