Al Qaeda leader warns of 'gravest
consequences' if Boston bomber executed
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[July 02, 2016]
CAIRO (Reuters) - Al Qaeda leader
Ayman al-Zawahri has warned the United States of the "gravest
consequences" if Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev or any other
Muslim prisoner is executed.
Tsarnaev, named in a new online video message from Zawahri, was
sentenced last year to death by lethal injection for the 2013 bomb
attack, which killed three people and injured more than 260.
“If the U.S. administration kills our brother the hero Dzhokhar
Tsarnaev or any Muslim, it ... will bring America’s nationals the
gravest consequences,” Zawahri said.
Zawahri, who became al Qaeda's leader after U.S. forces killed Osama
bin Laden in 2011, urged Muslims to take captive as many Westerners
as possible, especially those whose countries had joined the
"Crusaders' Campaign led by the United States".
The veteran Egyptian-born Islamist, shown wearing white robes and
sitting in front of green velvet drapes, said the Western captives
could then be exchanged for Muslim prisoners.
Western powers "are criminals and they only understand the language
of force", he added.
The nearly hour-long video, which included images of Tsarnaev, gave
no indication of the location of Zawahri, believed to be based close
to the Afghan-Pakistan border.
Tsarnaev carried out the Boston bombings along with his older
brother Tamerlan, who was killed in a confrontation with police soon
after. No organization claimed responsibility.
Tsarnaev is being held at the "Supermax" high-security prison in
Florence, Colorado, while his attorneys appeal his death sentence.
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Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is pictured in this file
handout photo presented as evidence by the U.S. Attorney's Office in
Boston, Massachusetts on March 23, 2015. REUTERS/U.S. Attorney's
Office in Boston/Handout via Reuters
Legal wrangling over Tsarnaev's fate could play out for years or
even decades. Just three of the 74 people sentenced to death in the
United States for federal crimes since 1998 have been executed.
(Reporting by Mostafa Hashem; Writing by Amina Ismail; Editing by
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