'Not guilty' plea by accused Boston bomber

DZHOKHAR Tsarnaev, the teenager accused of carrying out the Boston bombings, on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to all charges in US federal court, nearly three months after the deadly April attacks.

"Not guilty,'' the 19-year-old Tsarnaev _ in handcuffs, shackles and wearing an orange jumpsuit - said repeatedly as the 30 counts were read out at the arraignment in Boston, which lasted seven minutes.

Seventeen of those counts are punishable by the death penalty or life imprisonment.

Security was tight at the courthouse for the hearing, which marked the first time Tsarnaev - an ethnic Chechen Muslim and naturalized US citizen - had been seen in public since his capture.

The shaggy-haired teen, who was seriously wounded as he tried to evade capture in the days after the attacks, still sported a cast on his left arm.

Read more at The New Zealand Herald


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