Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Secret burial for Boston 'bomber'

Katherine Russell, the widow of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, has hired a prominent criminal lawyer with experience defending terrorism cases as she continues to face questions (AP)

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev has been buried in an undisclosed location outside the city of Worcester, police said after a frustrating week-long search for a community willing to take the body.

Sgt. Kerry Hazelhurst said the body was no longer in Worcester, east of Boston, and is now entombed. Police did not specify where the body was taken. "As a result of our public appeal for help, a courageous and compassionate individual came forward to provide the assistance needed to properly bury the deceased," Worcester police said in a statement.

Tsarnaev's body had been at the Graham Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Parlours. Director Peter Stefan had said he could not find a community willing to take the body, including Cambridge, where the family had lived for a decade. Tsarnaev's uncle, Ruslan Tsarni, had custody of the body.

Meanwhile, Tsarnaev's widow continues to face questions from federal authorities and has hired a criminal lawyer with experience defending terrorism cases.

Katherine Russell added New York lawyer Joshua Dratel to her legal team, her lawyer Amato DeLuca said. Mr Dratel has represented a number of terrorism suspects.

Mr Dratel's "unique, specialised experience" will help ensure that Ms Russell "can assist in the ongoing investigation in the most constructive way possible," Mr DeLuca said in a statement. He said Ms Russell, who has not been charged with any crime, will continue to meet investigators as "part of a series of meetings over many hours where she has answered questions."

An FBI spokeswoman wouldn't comment on whether Ms Russell is co-operating. Mr DeLuca has said she had no reason to suspect her husband and his brother in the deadly April 15 bombing.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, ethnic Chechen brothers from southern Russia and living in Massachusetts, are accused of planting two shrapnel-packed pressure-cooker bombs near the marathon finish line, killing three people and injuring about 260.

Dzhokhar, who was captured hiding in a tarp-covered boat outside a house in a Boston suburb, was charged with using a weapon of mass destruction to kill. Their mother has said the charges against them are lies. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a getaway attempt after a gunbattle with police.

In Washington, the first in a series of hearings to review the government's initial response to the bombing began. They will address what information authorities received about the brothers before the bombings and whether they handled it correctly. The FBI and CIA separately received vague warnings from Russia's government in 2011 that Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his mother were religious militants.

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