Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, the mother of Boston Marathon bombing suspects Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, thinks that her sons are being set up.
Law enforcement officials are currently in pursuit of 19-year-old Dzhokhar, suspected of plotting and carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings on Monday alongside his brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan. The elder Tsarnaev brother was killed in a firefight with police late Thursday night, and Dzhokhar has been on the run ever since.
Boston is on pause while the city-wide manhunt takes place, and in the vacuum of any solid information on the ongoing search, the media has turned its attention to the question of motive, reaching out to friends and Tsarnaev family members for their reactions to the story.
Reactions have varied, with many friends of the Tsarnaev brothers expressing genuine surprise that the two could be branded “terrorists” on national TV. Family reactions are divided, with the brothers’ uncle condemning the two for shaming their family and their Chechen heritage, and imploring Dzhokhar to turn himself in and “beg forgiveness.”
One of the brothers’ aunts has dismissed the case as an obvious “setup,” and their mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, seems to agree.
Speaking to RT.com, a very emotional Zubeidat expressed serious doubt over the involvement of her two sons in the Boston Marathon bombing.
“Being a mother, what I can say is that I am very sure, I am like 100 percent sure, that is is a setup. My two sons are really innocent, and I know that neither of them never, never has talked about whatever they are saying about [them] now.”
She continued, making some strange claims about the FBI:
“My son would never do this. It is a setup. He was controlled by FBI like for three, five years. They knew what my son was doing. […] they were controlling every step of him.”
She was then asked to explain the violent chase that the Tsarnaev brothers led police on late last night, in light of her claims that her sons are innocent.
“I never believe into it, I never believe into it,” she said. “My son never spoke about those things, and I am a mother, I raised them. They were high [sic] intelligent.”
But could there simply be a side to her sons that she didn’t see?
“My son, my oldest son, used to tell me everything. Everything. Every day,” she said. “It’s impossible. Impossible for both of them to do such things.”
You can watch the video below, and decide for yourself. Is Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, the mother of the suspected Boston Marathon bombers, just confused? Or could this be a “setup” as she believes?