Accused Boston bomber’s sister faces judge over bomb threat

The sister of the alleged Boston Marathon bomber faced a judge in New York Tuesday on charges that she told her husband's ex-girlfriend she could "put a bomb where you live."

Ailina Tsarnaeva left district court in South Boston in October 2013 after she was charged with impeding an investigation into counterfeiting. Photo: ESSDRAS M SUAREZ/GLOBE STAFF Ailina Tsarnaeva left district court in South Boston in October 2013 after she was charged with impeding an investigation into counterfeiting. Photo: ESSDRAS M SUAREZ/GLOBE STAFF

 

The sister of the alleged Boston Marathon bomber faced a judge in New York Tuesday on charges that she told her husband's ex-girlfriend she could "put a bomb where you live."

 

 

Aliana Tsarnaev, 24, sister of Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, pleaded not guilty at her arraignment in state Supreme Court in Manhattanon two counts of aggravated harassment in the second degree, a misdemeanor.

 

Bail was set at $5,000 with the condition that she have no contact with the alleged victim, who claimed Tsarnaev phoned her to make the threat. If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of up to a year in jail.

Wearing a light brown head scarf and a black abaya, or floor-length cloak, she was accompanied by her husband and her attorney in the New York City courtroom. She remained silent throughout the hearing, clasping her hands together.

"We strongly dispute the fact that these statements were made," Susan Markus, Tsarnaev's defense lawyer, told the judge.

Tsarnaev, of North Bergen, New Jersey, was accused of calling a woman in the city's Harlem neighborhood and telling her, "Leave my man alone. Stop looking at him. I know people that can put a bomb where you live," according to the criminal complaint.

Tsarnaev's brothers are accused of killing three people and wounding more than 260 after detonating homemade bombs fashioned out of pressure cookers near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured following a massive manhunt in the days after the bombing and is awaiting trial in November on terrorism charges. His older brother, Tamerlan, was killed following a shoot-out with police.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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