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article imageBombers mother: My sons were set up, FBI has known them for years

By Eric Morales     Apr 20, 2013 in Crime
Boston - Zubeidat Tsarnaev still contends that her sons are innocent and that they have been set up by the U.S. government, following the elder's death and the younger's capture.
With her eldest son dead, and her second son in serious condition in a Boston hospital, Zubeidat Tsarnaev spoke to Russia Today and stood by her convictions that both her sons are completely innocent. Raising her own suspicions about FBI surveillance.
“They used to come (to our) home, they used to talk to me, they were telling me that he (the older, 26-year-old 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!”
Zubeidat describes her sons as courteous and good students. The young men's father also says his now deceased son, and 19-year-old Dzhokar Tsarnaev who is in police custody, are totally innocent of any wrongdoing. In an interview with Russian television, Anzor Tsarnaev said his sons were set up, and that in his last conversation with his slain son the 26-year-old Tamerlan had reassured his father he was fine after the Boston bombings.
“I’m sure about my children, in their purity. I don’t know what happened and who did this. God knows and he will punish them,” he told Zvezda channel. “Somebody might have set them up. I don’t know who and because of their cowardice killed the boy.”
Anzor Tsarnaev recalls his gratitude that his sons were not harmed in the Boston attacks and telling his eldest son to look after his younger brother.
“Ok, Thanks to Allah you were not close to there and did not suffer.” Anzor continued “I remember I even asked 'Who could do something like that?' We just talked. I asked him about our Dzhokhar , how was he. I told him, he should help him out and keep an eye on him, so that he studies well. I told him ‘You left school, got married too early, but the kid should finish (his education)’. Because this is life – those who don’t study work a lot and work hard. That’s why I was telling them study”.
The suspects' mother herself is no stranger to troubles with the law. Last year the 45-year-old Zubeidat Tsarnaev was charged with two counts of malicious and wanton damage and defacement to property after allegedly swiping $1,600 worth of merchandise from a Lord & Taylor in Natick, Massachusetts, according to the Daily Mail.
Ironically it was a Lord and Taylor closed circuit surveillance camera that captured her sons infamous images at the Boston Marathon bombing.
The Tsarnaev brothers also have two sisters, Bella and Amina. One unidentified sister is a resident of New Jersey, she spoke to the Newark Star Ledger and appeared baffled by her brothers alleged crimes.
"They are smart – I don’t know what’s gotten into them," adding that her younger brother is "an amazing child," she went on to say she sympathizes with the victims in Boston. "I’m not okay – no one is okay right now. I’m hurt for everyone who has been hurt. I’m sorry for all the people who are hurt and for all the people who lost their lives."
According to The Telegraph the FBI interviewed the now deceased Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2011 for an unnamed foreign government.
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