The mother and father of the suspect in the Boston bombings have spoken to media sources. She continues to believe both her sons are innocent of the attack. Tamerlan, 26, was killed a week ago in a gunfight with law enforcement officers. Her younger son Dzhokhar, 19, is in a stable condition but remains under heavy security guard in hospital.
Sky News reports a press conference where, "Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, the boy's mother, said that she regretted moving to the US and claimed that "America took my kids away from me." An emotional Mrs Tsarnaeva said American authorities had told her that she could not see her 19-year-old son Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is in hospital where U.S. officials have said he is being questioned by investigators. However, she said that Dzhokhar's lawyers had said that investigators had not started to question her son because he was not well enough".
When the parents left the boys in the U.S.A. is not known, nor why. Did the family leave to the U.S. when the boys were kids and the adults moved back home following changes in Chechnya? There remain many unanswered questions. The U.S. authorities will be hoping there may some answers from the injured Dzhokhar in due course.
Dzhokhar sustained injuries as a manhunt closed in. An injury to his throat has left him "speechless" at least for now but maybe permanently. Whether this was an attempted suicide injury is not confirmed.
American authorities have told the family that they cannot visit Dzhokhar in hospital. Anzor Tsarnaev, the boy's father, however, wants to visit the U.S. in order to bury the body of his dead son and visit the other. He told reporters "I am going to the United States. I want to say that I am going there to see my son, to bury the older one. I don't have any bad intentions. I don't plan to blow up anything."
In the U.S. there is news that the body of Tsarnaev has become "untouchable". Muslim undertakers and Mosques do not want to involved in any way it seems.
Zubeidat hopes to accompany her husband but there could be a hitch. She was charged with shoplifting in the U.S.A. last summer. She fears she will be arrested if she sets foot in America. Hmm.
In Russia President Putin is using the Boston bombings to encourage a closer working relationship between Moscow and Washington. He could not resist a "low blow" though. Sky News reports "Putin criticised the West for refusing to declare Chechen militants terrorists and offering them political assistance in the past. He said: "I always felt indignation when our Western partners and Western media were referring to terrorists who conducted brutal and bloody crimes on the territory of Russia as rebels.""
Yes we know what Putin means. The U.S. authorities cry rebel when it suits, Libya and Syria for example, and militants when it does not, such as Chechnya and Afghanistan. Of course in Afghanistan it "bit them on their bums". The militants there, once called rebels and the Mujahideen, helped by America, morphed into the Taliban, and we all know what happened next, don't we?