Boston Marathon explosions: Show us the evidence, says Toronto aunt of bombing suspects

ICH –  the Interfax news agency quotes a man identified as their father as saying.

‘‘In my opinion, my children were set up by the secret services because they are practising Muslims,’’ Anzor Tsarnaev told the Interfax news agency on Friday from the North Caucasus Russian city of Makhachkala.

Anzor Tsarnaev is the father of 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was shot dead by police in Boston on Friday, and his 19-year-old brother and co-suspect Dzhokhar, who remains on the run in the area, Interfax said.

‘‘Why did they kill Tamerlan? They should have taken him alive,’’ said the father.


Aunt of bombing suspects “knew them as angels” and does not believe they were responsible for the attack.
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Maret Tsarnaev, aunt of the Boston bomber suspects, speaks to reporters at her Etobicoke apartment and demands evidence of her nephew’s involvement.
By:  News reporter, Published on Fri Apr 19 2013
In the lobby of her Etobicoke apartment building, the aunt ofthe two Boston bombing suspects shouted one word over and over as reporters questioned her about her now-infamous nephews — one dead, the other leading police on a chase Friday that effectively shut down Boston.
“Evidence,” Maret Tsarnaeva said repeatedly, her voice high with emotion. “I can’t lightly accept this kind of accusations without supporting evidence. Forgive me, but I cannot.”
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Tsarnaeva, is aunt to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a 19-year-old who survived an overnight shootout and police chase, and his older brother Tamerlan, 26, who was killed in the shootout. The family is ethnically Chechen.

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Tsarnaeva had not spoken to the men in about five years, but said she “knew them as angels” and does not believe they were responsible for the attack.
“I don’t know them in a way that they could be capable of this,” she said. She would not rule out the possibility that the photos showing the brothers at the scene had been staged.
“I have to question everything. That’s my nature.”
Many members of the family moved to the U.S. in the early 2000s. Dzhokhar arrived in 2002 with his parents, then Tamerlan came in 2003, with the suspects’ two sisters.
Tsarnaeva, who says she had been a lawyer in Chechnya, claims to have helped with their refugee paperwork.
Tamerlan had married what he described as “a good Christian girl” in the U.S., and had a 3-year-old child, she said.
Tsarnaeva could not say what either nephew was doing recently, but it was confirmed Friday that Tamerlan had studied accounting at a community college but did not finish. Dzhokhar is a student at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, numerous media reported Friday.
As a Chechen, Tsarnaeva says she is accustomed to being set up by the police, and does not believe that the photos or the reports from the FBI are true.
People should not just “swallow” everything the government is saying, she said.
“Being a Chechen … you always have to watch your back,” she said.
On Friday, Tsarnaeva called a hotline to ask for more evidence linking her nephews to the attack.
“I said please, take that into account. Give evidence. Give at least evidence to family members. Because I will never accuse my relatives, my nephews, without having evidence.”
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