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Boston bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev able to walk; talks to mother

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, younger of alleged bombers, talks by phone from prison hospital to his mother in Russia, who maintains his innocence

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 01 June, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 01 June, 2013, 5:34am

The remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings has recovered enough to walk and assured his parents in a phone conversation that he and his slain brother were innocent, their mother said.

Meanwhile, the father of a Chechen immigrant killed in Florida while being interrogated by the FBI about his ties to the slain brother maintained that US agents "executed" his son.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, did not need to use a wheelchair when he spoke to his mother last week for the first and only phone conversation they have had since he has been in custody, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva said .

In a rare glimpse at Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's state of mind, he told her he was getting better and that he had a very good doctor, but was struggling to understand what happened, she said.

"He didn't hold back his emotions, as if he were screaming to the whole world: What is this? What's happening?" she said.

The April 15 bombings killed three people and wounded more than 260. Elder brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26 was killed in a shoot-out with police, and Dzhokhar is in a prison hospital after being badly wounded.

"I could just feel that he was being driven crazy by the unfairness that happened to us, that they killed our innocent Tamerlan," their mother said, standing by the family's insistence that their children were innocent.

The Tsarnaevs met a reporter in their new apartment in a 14-storey building in a well-to-do area of Makhachkala, the capital of the restive Caucasus province of Dagestan.

Anzor Tsarnaev, the suspects' father, said they bought it for Tamerlan, his wife, and their young daughter in the expectation that they would move to Makhachkala later this year.

"All I can do is pray to God and hope that one day fairness will win out, our children will be cleared, and we will at least get Dzhokhar back, crippled, but at least alive," Tsarnaev said.

Separately, at a news conference in Moscow, the father of a 27-year-old mixed martial arts fighter who was killed during FBI questioning called the agents "bandits" who executed his son.

Abdul-Baki Todashev showed journalists 16 photographs that he said were of his son, Ibragim, in a Florida morgue. He said his son had six wounds to his torso and one to the back of his head. The photos were taken by his son's friend, Khusen Taramov.

It was not immediately possible to verity the photographs.

The FBI says Todashev was being questioned by an FBI agent and two Massachusetts state troopers about his ties to Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and about a 2011 triple slaying in Massachusetts.

Three law enforcement officials said initially that Ibragim Todashev had lunged at the FBI agent with a knife, although two of them later said it was no longer clear what had happened.

The father said his son was "100 per cent unarmed".

On Thursday, Taramov confirmed that he had taken some photos of Ibragim Todashev's body at an Orlando funeral home and sent them to the father. He said Ibragim Todashev had a decorative sword with a broken handle, but that it was not a weapon.

"The sword wouldn't cut nothing," Tamarov said.

The father said Taramov told him that US agents interrogated him on the street while five officials interrogated Todashev in his Florida house for eight hours on May 22, the night he was shot.

Todashev's father said that his son moved to the US in 2008 on a student exchange programme and met Tsarnaev at a boxing gym in Boston in 2011, about a year before he moved to Orlando. He said the two were "not particularly close friends".

FBI agents questioned Ibragim twice before the night he was shot, his father said. He said his son told him that he thought Tsarnaev had been set up to take the blame for the bombings.

The Tsarnaevs' parents have held fast to their belief that their sons were framed. Zubeidat Tsarnaeva showed several YouTube videos she claimed cleared her sons. They could not be verified.

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