The father of the Boston bombing suspects, Anzor Tsarnaev, plans to fly to the U.S. today and has been promised he can meet with his son, Dzhokhar.
Agents from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation have said they’ll assist him to see Dzhokhar, who’s receiving treatment in a hospital after being captured, Anzor told reporters today in Makhachkala, the capital of the southern Russian region of Dagestan.
The mother of the two suspects, Zubeidat, said she hasn’t decided whether to travel to the U.S. and is considering giving up her American passport. She said she’ll “never” accept that her sons Tamerlan and Dzhokhar carried out the attack in which two homemade bombs were detonated near the Boston Marathon’s finish line April 15, killing three people and injuring more than 200.
Tamerlan, 26, died after a shootout with police. Dzhokhar, 19, has been charged with crimes that could bring the death penalty, including use of a weapon of mass destruction.
Unable to speak because of a throat wound, Tsarnaev has responded with nods and in writing, according to a U.S. official briefed on the initial interrogation who asked for anonymity to discuss the probe.
The suspects’ parents, Anzor and Zubeidat, spoke to FBI and Russian agents in Makhachkala over the last two days. The interviews lasted eight hours, and U.S. agents were assisted by the FSB, Russia’s counterintelligence successor to the KGB, according to Zaurbek Sadahanov, a lawyer assisting the family.
Zubeidat, who left the U.S. for Russia while facing shoplifting charges filed last year, said the risk of arrest wasn’t the reason she was undecided whether to travel to America.
The twin blasts at the Boston race’s finish line, the highest-profile act of terror in the U.S. since the 2001 attacks, were caused by homemade bombs built inside pressure cookers packed with black powder, nails and BB pellets.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has communicated to investigators that he and his older brother didn’t have ties to a terrorist or military group and were motivated by extremist Islam, according to the U.S. official briefed on the initial interrogation, who asked not to be identified in discussing the probe.
The ethnic Chechen family had immigrated to the U.S. from Russia about a decade ago.