Boston bomb suspects 'framed': Father

2013-04-22 11:07
Gallery  |  click on thumbnail to view larger image

Shooting at MIT in Boston

Gunfire and explosions have been heard at MIT University in Boston after a police officer was killed in a shooting at the campus. See the latest pictures.

Moscow - The father of the suspected Boston bombers insisted in an interview published on Monday that his sons Tamerlan and Dzhokhar were innocent and could not have carried out the bombings.

Their plans for the future had included returning to work in Russia, Anzor Tsarnaev said in the telephone interview with Komsomolskaya Pravda daily, adding that he hoped to travel to the United States where his younger son Dzhokhar is in hospital after his capture with serious injuries.

"I only know what they are showing on television. We plan to go and see him in America if Allah permits."

His two sons "were studying and working" in the United States, he said.

He said that he last spoke to his elder son Tamerlan Tsarnaev after the bombings. His son told him then that he had received a phone call saying he was a suspect, he said.

The men's father argued that the attacks were somehow orchestrated by the FBI, who he said "kept my Tamerlan constantly under surveillance".

Hollywood show

"They just wanted to set up Tamerlan and Dzhokhar just turned out to be in the wrong place at the wrong time," he said.

"Tamerlan was driving him to school when they started shooting at them," he claimed.

"This is a set-up, a political order, a Hollywood show."

"Tamerlan changed jobs a few times: He delivered post, he changed tyres, he was a boxing trainer and in recent months a baby sitter - he sat at home with his three-year-old child. His wife worked. She looked after disabled people."

Tamerlan last visited Russia in January to get a new passport after turning 25, he said, although he apparently referred to January 2012, since Tamerlan was 26.

"He didn't want to leave. He said that he wanted to bring his family over here. He didn't like it there, although he was a famous boxer in Boston."

Righteous Muslim

He denied that Tamerlan held radical Islamist views.

"Tamerlan did get religious after getting married. He went to the mosque every Friday. He prayed five times a day. He was a righteous Muslim, and could not have done what he is accused of."

His other son, Dzhokhar, "was an 'A grade' student at Cambridge. He worked as a lifesaver at a pool. He had big plans: To become a doctor, to open a business, to come over here," Anzor Tsaraev said.

"He said: 'Dad, don't worry. I'll finish studying and come over, I'll help you.'"

Read more on:    tamerlan tsarnaev  |  dzokhar tsarnaev  |  us  |  security  |  boston explosions

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.