Boston bomb suspects’ father abandons plan to return to U.S.

Anzor Tsarnaev, father of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev - the two men suspected of carrying out the Boston bombings, gestures during a news conference in Makhachkala April 25, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer
Anzor Tsarnaev, father of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev – the two men suspected of carrying out the Boston bombings, gestures during a news conference in Makhachkala April 25, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

The father of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects has abandoned plans to travel to the United States to bury one son and help in the defense of the other, he told Reuters on Sunday in an interview in southern Russia.

Anzor Tsarnaev said he believed he would not be allowed to see his surviving son Dzohkhar, who was captured and has been charged in connection with the April 15 bomb blasts that killed three people and wounded 264.

“I am not going back to the United States. For now I am here. I am ill,” Tsarnaev said. He agreed to the face-to-face interview on condition that his location in the North Caucasus, a string of mainly Muslim provinces in southern Russia, not be disclosed.

“Unfortunately I can’t help my child in any way. I am in touch with Dzhokhar’s and my own lawyers. They told me they would let me know (what to do),” he said.

Tsarnaev had said in the North Caucasus province of Dagestan on Thursday that he planned to travel to the United States to see Dzkhokhar and bury his elder son, Tamerlan, who was shot dead by police in a firefight four days after the bombings.

 


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