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Russia: Tsarnaev aunt thinks her boys "never could have done this"01:19

Russia: Tsarnaev aunt thinks her boys "never could have done this"

Russian Federation, Makhachkala
April 22, 2013 at 00:23 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia: Tsarnaev aunt thinks her boys "never could have done this"

Patimat Suleimanova, aunt of the prime suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing, spoke about memories of her nephews in Makhachkala, south-western Russia on Sunday. She reiterated that she believed her nephews to be innocent and that they could never have committed the attack.

Her nephews, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, are the prime suspects of last week's bombings at the Boston Marathon, April 15, that killed 3 and injured over 180 others. Tamerlan, the older Tsarnaev, was killed following a police car chase on Friday while Dzhokhar was taken into custody with serious injuries after a day long man-hunt where he was found hiding in a boat. Both brothers were caught in the suburb of Watertown, Boston.

Suleimanova stood firm in asserting the innocence of her nephews, saying: "I would truthfully like to at least emphasize to people that they [Dzhokhar and Tamerlan] were not criminals. I think they could never did this, that they never could have done this."

In the eyes of Suleimanova, her nephews were men who had strong family values. She said: "It's terrible, but I can't believe it. They are children who respected their parents. They knew that paradise was at the feet of their mother."

On the subject of Tamerlan's religious ideas, Suleimanova said: "He [Tamerlan] was not a fanatic extremist. He was curious about religion. He started to be interested in Islam about three years ago, but he was never a radical. We would talk about his commitment to religion, but it wasn't extreme."

Russia: Tsarnaev aunt thinks her boys "never could have done this"01:19
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Russia: Tsarnaev aunt thinks her boys "never could have done this"

Patimat Suleimanova, aunt of the prime suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing, spoke about memories of her nephews in Makhachkala, south-western Russia on Sunday. She reiterated that she believed her nephews to be innocent and that they could never have committed the attack.

Her nephews, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, are the prime suspects of last week's bombings at the Boston Marathon, April 15, that killed 3 and injured over 180 others. Tamerlan, the older Tsarnaev, was killed following a police car chase on Friday while Dzhokhar was taken into custody with serious injuries after a day long man-hunt where he was found hiding in a boat. Both brothers were caught in the suburb of Watertown, Boston.

Suleimanova stood firm in asserting the innocence of her nephews, saying: "I would truthfully like to at least emphasize to people that they [Dzhokhar and Tamerlan] were not criminals. I think they could never did this, that they never could have done this."

In the eyes of Suleimanova, her nephews were men who had strong family values. She said: "It's terrible, but I can't believe it. They are children who respected their parents. They knew that paradise was at the feet of their mother."

On the subject of Tamerlan's religious ideas, Suleimanova said: "He [Tamerlan] was not a fanatic extremist. He was curious about religion. He started to be interested in Islam about three years ago, but he was never a radical. We would talk about his commitment to religion, but it wasn't extreme."

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