Suspects' aunt says they're being set up: 'Give me evidence'

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on April 19, 2013 at 1:13 PM

A woman claiming to be the Boston bombing suspects' aunt said her nephews are being set up.

Maret Tsarnaeva told reporters that she hasn't seen enough evidence to prove her nephews were the bombers.

"How difficult is that.  Give us evidence. If nobody else is asking them, give me evidence,” said Tsarnaeva. “I am lawyer from back home. Give me evidence.”

She said the boys' father and mother were admitted to the U.S. and given refugee status and later brought over their family, the two brothers and two sisters. They are ethnic Chechens, fled to Kyrgyzstan and came to the U.S. from Kazakhstan.

She said Tamerlan was not a devout Muslim, but recently began praying five times a day.

In an emotional interview she said she called the FBI after recognizing her nephews on TV. She maintains they didn't do this.

“I am suspicious that this was staged. The picture was staged - whoever did this, whoever is looking for needs to be blamed for these acts," she said.

"I am used to be set up. Before I left former Soviet Union countries, that's how I lived - always straight way, best student, best worker,” she said. “I'm a Chechen. I have to prove myself twice, triple times more."

 

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