New York Post sued over Boston Marathon cover

Published: Friday, June 7 2013 8:25 a.m. MDT

In this April 18, 2013 file photo, Salah Eddin Barhoum sits in his apartment in Revere, Mass., with one of the trophies he won in an athletic competition, and the bag he was carrying near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Barhoum, one of two men whose photograph appeared on the front page of the New York Post in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings, filed a libel lawsuit against the Post Wednesday, June 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Rodrique Ngowi, File)

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Two men pictured on the cover of the New York Post three days after the Boston Marathon bombing are suing the sensational tabloid for claiming federal officials were seeking them in connection with the bombing.

CNN's Marina Carver reports Salaheddin Barhoum, 16, and Yassine Zaimi, 24, filed court papers on Wednesday in response to the Post publishing stories and pictures claiming they were being pursued by police in connection with the April tragedy.

"The New York Post accused our clients of being the men with the bombs in their bags, and that is libel," said C. William Barrett, Zaimi's lawyer, at a press conference on Wednesday.

The April 18 cover of the Post pictured the two men near the finish line of the Marathon, with the captions "Bag Men" and "Feds seek this duo pictured at Boston Marathon."

In the picture, one man is wearing a hat and a backpack, while the other is wearing a gym bag over his shoulder.

However, Boston police were not looking for either Barhoum or Zaimi. Authorities released photos of the suspected bombers, Dzhokar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, later that night.

According to the suit filed in Suffolk Superior Court, "The front page would lead a reasonable reader to believe that plaintiffs had bombs in their bags, that they were involved in causing the Boston Marathon bombing."

Carver reports the two men are suing the Post for libel, negligent infliction of emotional distress and invasion of privacy. They're are also seeking monetary damages.

Editor's Note: The original version of this story posted on June 7, 2013, failed to properly follow our editorial policies. The story was shortened on Oct. 8, 2013 to fall within our editorial guidelines for aggregation.

Read more about the libel case on CNN.

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