4:24:51 PMMother of Boston Marathon bombing suspect monitors pretrial from Russia
Mother of Boston Marathon bombing suspect monitors pretrial from Russia.
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Zubeidat Tsarnaev spoke with NewsCenter 5’s Mary Saladna by phone a couple of hours after her 19-year-old son appeared at the federal courthouse in Boston. It was the first time Dzhokhar Tsaranev was seen publicly since his arrest in mid-April.
"I wish I could fly, Mary. I wish I could be right there with my son. Oh my God," she said.
Zubeidat Tsarnaev spoke passionately about her youngest son, calling him an angel and insisting he spoke the truth when he entered his not guilty plea. "My son is the greatest. I am so proud of him. I knew from the first day, first minute, first second he was not guilty,” she said. His mother said she did speak to her son from prison in late June.
At that time, Dzhokhar Tsaranev told her his wounds are healing, and he tried to reassure her that things would be OK. "He said to me, ‘Mama, do not worry about me, my dear, I am fine. There are very many people, Mama, good people who are sending me books to read, so I spend my time reading and I am absolutely fine,’”
Zubeidat Tsarnaev recalled. While her and her husband remain in Russia, Dzhokhar Tsaranev’s two sisters showed up to the pretrial in Muslim garb. One was carrying a baby, the other wiped away tears with a tissue. Wednesday’s proceedings took place in a heavily guarded courtroom packed not only with victims but with their families, police officers, members of the public and the media.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev looked much as he did in a photo widely circulated after his arrest, his hair curly and unkempt. He appeared nonchalant, almost bored during the hearing. A cast covered his left forearm, his hand and his fingers.
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