• Dzhokhar Tsarnaev questioned for 16 hours  before read Miranda rights
  • Confessed to plot but was not aware of right  to stay silent or to a lawyer
  • Pieces of suspicious remote control  equipment found in bomb debris

By  Sara Smyth

PUBLISHED: 03:57 EST, 25  April 2013 |  UPDATED: 09:42 EST, 25 April 2013

 

Silent suspect: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev stopped talking when he was read his rights by police officials. He had previously confessed to plotting the Boston bombing with his brother 

Silent suspect: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev stopped talking when  he was read his rights by police officials

The surviving suspect in the Boston marathon  bombings admitted to his role in the attacks to the FBI – but clammed up when  finally read his Miranda rights.

It has been revealed that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev,  19, initially confessed to authorities that he and his older brother, Tamerlan  Tsarnaev, 26, carried out the attacks during 16-hours of questioning over the  weekend.

Dzhokhar has been communicating with law  enforcement officials by writing on a pad after suffering an injury to his  throat during the frenzied manhunt for him which renders him unable to  talk.

However, the moment he was read his rights on  Monday – which as a citizen of the United States entitle him to the  constitutional right to remain silent and seek a lawyer – he stopped  communicating.

Indeed, it has been claimed that federal  agents were surprised when a magistrate judge and a representative from the U.S.  Attorney’s office entered the hospital room and read Tsarnaev his rights, four  officials and one law enforcement official said.

Investigators had planned to keep questioning  him.

This apparent confusion came after the White  House decided against treating Tsarnaev as an enemy combatant.

It is unclear as to whether this will  matter  in court as the FBI says Tsarnaev has already confessed to a witness.

A spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz  said: ‘Before being advised of his rights,  the 19-year-old suspect told  authorities that his older brother,  Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, only recently had  recruited him to be part of the attack’.

Tsarnaev said he was behind the devastating terrorist attack. He spoke to police from his hospital bed. Whether suspected terrorists should be read their Miranda rights has become a controversial issue in the U.S 

Tsarnaev said he was behind the devastating terrorist  attack. He spoke to police from his hospital bed. Whether suspected terrorists  should be read their Miranda rights has become a controversial issue in the  U.S

Reflecting on the scenes of destruction at Boston marathon, Vice President Joe Biden condemned the bombing suspects as 'two twisted, perverted, cowardly, knockoff jihadis' 

Reflecting on the scenes of destruction at Boston  marathon, Vice President Joe Biden condemned the bombing suspects as ‘two  twisted, perverted, cowardly, knockoff jihadis’

The debate over whether suspected  terrorists  should be read their Miranda rights has become a sticking point.

Many Repuplicans believe they hinder  intelligence gathering.

The Department of Justice has said  investigators may wait until they have gathered intelligence about other threats before reading those rights in terrorism cases.

Investigators have found  pieces of  remote-control equipment among the debris and are analyzing  them, officials  said.

One official described the detonator as  ‘close-controlled,’ meaning it had to be triggered within several blocks of the  bombs.

 

A piece of remote control equipment has been found amongst the debris at the scene of the bombing. Experts say it would have been triggered just blocks away from the site of the bomb 

A piece of remote control equipment has been found  amongst the debris at the scene of the bombing. Experts say it would have been  triggered just blocks away from the site of the bomb

 

Confused reports about the shootout in a Boston backyard have emerged. Officials now claim that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was unarmed as he hid in boat in Watertown. This contradicts Boston Police Commissioner's account of hour-long firefight with Tsarnaev 

Confused reports about the shootout in a Boston backyard  have emerged. Officials now claim that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was unarmed as he hid  in boat in Watertown. This contradicts Boston Police Commissioner’s account of  hour-long firefight with Tsarnaev

Dzhokhar is recovering in a hospital  from  injuries suffered during a getaway attempt last Friday.

Police had  previously said Dzhokhar  exchanged gunfire with them for more than an  hour last Friday before they  captured him inside a boat in a suburban Boston neighbourhood.

But yesterday, two unnamed officials  said  that he was unarmed when captured, raising questions  about the gunfire and how  he was injured.

The report contradicts the Boston police  department’s own account of Dzhokar Tsarnaev’s capture – after commissioner Ed  Davies describes a firefight between him and officers before the terror suspect  was captured.

More than 4,000 mourners at the  Massachusetts Institute of Technology paid tribute to a campus police  officer  who authorities say was gunned down by the bombing  suspects.

Among the speakers in Cambridge, just outside  Boston, was Vice  President Joe Biden, who condemned the bombing suspects as  ‘two twisted, perverted, cowardly, knockoff jihadis.’

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden gives his respects to police officers at memorial services for officer Sean Collier, who authorities say was shot dead by the Boston Marathon bombing suspect 

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden gives his respects to  police officers at memorial services for officer Sean Collier, who authorities  say was shot dead by the Boston Marathon bombing suspect

Mr Biden paid tribute to officer Sean  Collier’s family: ‘The moment will come when the memory of  Sean is triggered  and you know it’s going to be OK. The purpose of  terror is to instill fear. You  saw none of it here in Boston. Boston, you sent a powerful message to the  world.’

Investigators have said the  brothers appeared to have  been radicalized through jihadist materials on the Internet and have found no  evidence tying them to a terrorist  group.

Dzhokhar told the FBI that they were angry  about the U.S. wars in  Afghanistan and Iraq and the killing of Muslims there,  officials said.

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