Calls for Aussies to denounce Boston Bomber's death sentence
ANDREW Chan and Myuran Sukumaran's lawyer Veronica Haccou has called for Australians to denounce the death penalty brought down on convicted Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Ms Haccou said she vowed to the executed drug smugglers, in the hours before they were executed, to continue to fight against the death penalty no matter the circumstances.
In a statement Ms Haccou said she would campaign against the death penalty dubbing it "barbaric and inhumane".
"Whatever the justification for the death penalty, it is nothing but premeditated, state-sanctioned murder," she said.
"What are we teaching the younger generation by executing people? Killing people is wrong.
"It is so wrong that we kill people to prove our point? That is not justice, it is vengeance. We as society do not benefit in participating, or being complicit, in such acts of violence."
A jury sentenced bomber Tsarnaev to death on Saturday, Australian time. Three people were killed and 260 injured when he and his brother, Tamerlan, placed bombs at the 2013 Boston Marathon finish line.
Tsarnaev is expected to be sent to a federal prison in Indiana but the appeals process could go on for years.
The jury deliberated for 14 hours before deciding Tsarneav showed no remorse for the bombing.
US Attorney Carmen Ortiz said Tsarnaev's trial was fair and impartial.
"The trial of this case has showcased an important American ideal. That even the worst of the worst deserve a fair trial, and due process of law. Today the jury has spoken, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will pay with his life for his crimes," she said.
"Make no mistake. The defendant claimed to be acting on behalf of all Muslims. This was not a religious crime. And it certainly does not reflect true Muslim beliefs. It was a political crime designed to intimidate and to coerce the United States."
Ms Haccou said Australians should rally against the death penalty as her clients showed rehabilitation was always possible - even for someone like Tsarneav.
- APN NEWSDESK