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article imageVideo: Tsarnaev parents — 'My sons are innocent, this is a setup'

By Anne Sewell     Apr 19, 2013 in World
The media has telephonically interviewed the parents of the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing. Both parents deny that their sons could have been involved and both state that this is "a setup," despite evidence to the contrary.
The suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings are 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is still at large and his brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed after a police car chase.
RT reports that the family originates from Russia's North Caucasus and settled in the US more than 10 years ago.
RT interviewed Zubeidat Tsarnaev, who strongly denied that her sons could ever be involved in the bombings and that the whole thing is a setup. She says that her youngest son was raised from the age of 8 years in the US.
However the interviewer asks her why, then, did her sons go on the run and why did they try to attack officers that were chasing them? She continues to protest their innocence.
RT reports that Zubeidat said about the FBI, “They used to come [to our] home, they used to talk to me…they were telling me that he [the older, 26-y/o Tamerlan] was really an extremist leader and that they were afraid of him. They told me whatever information he is getting, he gets from these extremist sites… they were controlling him, they were controlling his every step…and now they say that this is a terrorist act! Never ever is this true, my sons are innocent!”
When asked if she didn't know about her sons' secret aspirations, she said, “That’s impossible. My sons would never keep a secret.”
She concluded by saying that if she could speak to her youngest son, Dzhokhar, she would tell him, “Save your life and tell the truth, that you haven’t done anything, that this is a set up!”
Meanwhile AP managed to contact Anzor Tsarnaev, father of the two suspects, through a phone number provided by a relative in the US.
Speaking from the southern Russian republic of Dagestan shortly after Tamerlan was killed in the shootout, Tsarnaev said, “My son is a true angel,” adding that his son was “an intelligent boy” who was studying medicine.
“We expected him to come on holidays here,” he said.
“They were set up, they were set up!” he exclaimed. “I saw it on television; they killed my older son Tamerlan.”
Tsarnaev was badly upset and gave very little more information before ending the call saying, “Leave me alone, my son’s been killed.”
Meanwhile state police in Watertown say officers are searching door-to-door but still have not found the remaining bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev,
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