Parents of Chechens repudiate narrative

Zubeidat Tsarnaeva said her son, surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev,  told her in a phone call that he and his brother, killed in a police manhunt after the blasts, were innocent.  Mr Tsarnaev, who was shot and injured during the manhunt, is currently being held in a prison hospital. Mrs Tsarnaeva told AP that it was the first conversation she had had with her 19-year-old son since he has been held in custody. He told her he was getting better but was struggling to comprehend what had happened.  “He didn’t hold back his emotions either, as if he were screaming to the whole world: ‘What is this? What’s happening?'” she said. “I could just feel that he was being driven crazy by the unfairness that happened to us, that they killed our innocent Tamerlan.””All I can do is pray to God and hope that one day fairness will win out, our children will be cleared, and we will at least get Dzhokhar back, crippled, but at least alive,”  said the suspects’ father, Anzor.

Meanwhile, the father of a Chechen immigrant who was shot and killed during a violent confrontation with Boston Marathon investigators has accused agents who killed his son of being “bandits”. Speaking at a news conference on Thursday, his father, Abdul-Baki, showed 16 photographs that he said were of his son in a Florida morgue. He claimed his son had six gunshot wounds to his torso and one to the back of his head.
There are conflicting reports about the events that led to Todashev’s death, with law enforcement officials initially saying he was shot after attacking an FBI agent with a knife but later saying they were not clear about what happened.
Ibragim’s father says his son was “100% unarmed” and has called for an investigation into his death.
“These are not FBI agents but bandits – I cannot call them anything else and they must be tried,” he said.

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