While most of the Boston area was applauding last week’s conviction of marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, his mother back in Russia was not praising the federal jury’s guilty verdicts on all 30 charges.
Zubeidat Tsarnaeva responded to Wednesday’s decision with a blistering indictment of America posted on the Russian social media website VKontakte, the website vocativ.com reports.
“My sons are innocent, as innocent as all those being killed by your country,” she said.
A sampling of Tsarnaeva’s tirade: “I will never forget it. May God bless those who helped my son. The terrorists are the Americans and everyone knows it. My son is the best of the best.”
The jury will reconvene April 21 for a hearing to decide whether Tsarnaev is sentenced to life in prison or death. His mother laments that her son is “in the hands of a predator preparing to tear him to pieces like meat.”
Tsarnaeva accused the U.S. and Israel of targeting Muslims, saying, “Today they are killing Muslims, tomorrow your turn will come — and he who doubts it is deeply mistaken!”
Tsarnaeva has expressed disdain for America since her son was arrested days after the bombing two years ago that killed three people and wounded more than 260. She denied from the outset the involvement of her sons. Dzhokhar’s brother, Tamerlan, died in a police shootout hours before Dzhokar’s arrest.
Tsarnaeva and her husband, Anzor, spoke with the media in the days following the arrest. She had met in Russia’s Dagestan republic with FBI agents and U.S. Embassy officials about the Boston bombings.
SOURCE: John Bacon