BOSTON — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev stood in a federal courtroom here on Wednesday and spoke publicly for the first time since uttering the words “not guilty” at his arraignment almost two years ago in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
In his brief comments, Mr. Tsarnaev apologized for the bombing and noted that it was Ramadan, which he said was a time to ask for forgiveness.
“I’m sorry for the lives that I’ve taken, the suffering that I’ve caused and the damage that I’ve done, irreparable damage,” he said, wearing a dark suit, his hair longer and messier than it was during his trial.
He spoke for about four minutes, in a soft voice that was difficult to hear in the courtroom. “I would like to begin in the name of Allah,” he said. “This is the blessed month of Ramadan.”
He also included an admission: “I am guilty” of the bombing.