Law Enforcement: Injured Saudi Is A Witness, Not A Suspect, In Bombings
As I noted in my post this morning, much attention was paid to the story of a Saudi citizen who was injured during yesterday’s bombing in Boston and, according to some reports, was considered either a “person of interest” or a “suspect” in the case. This afternoon, law enforcement officials confirmed that he is not considered a suspect in the case at all:
U.S. law enforcement officials said Tuesday that a Saudi national injured in the Boston Marathon bombing is regarded as a witness, not a suspect.
The Saudi, who is recuperating at a Boston hospital, is in his 20s and is in the United States on a Saudi scholarship to study at a university in the Boston area.
The federal officials’ explanation echoed comments by a Saudi official at the country’s embassy in Washington. The embassy official said that a Saudi national has been questioned as a witness but is not regarded as a suspect. The Saudi official cited information provided to the embassy by U.S. law enforcement officials.
“We’re not aware of any Saudi suspect or Saudi person of interest,” said the Saudi official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the preliminary nature of the information.
He declined to identify the young man, but said he sustained serious burn injuries. The official said the victim is cooperating with U.S. investigators and granted permission for his Boston area apartment to be searched.
“He volunteered to have it searched,” the Saudi official said. “He is fully cooperating with authorities.”
I suppose he can be thankful that his name wasn’t made public (yet, I hope), and his reputation smeared by a media machine that doesn’t seem to care who it harms.