The aunt of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects says she has been receiving unspecified threats since Friday, when she told reporters outside her home in Toronto that the Chechen-born brothers had been framed.
“They are calling us, calling names, threatening, saying it’s time to go home,” Maret Tsarnaeva said on Saturday, according to the Toronto Sun. “Yes, it is time. We did not find that promise -- democracy -- in this country. But if I go home, I will go home only with bodies of my nephews.”
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev remains in serious condition at a Boston hospital after being taken into custody by police on Friday. His 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan, was killed during a shootout with police early Friday in Watertown.
“They made our boys enemies of the American nation,” Maret Tsarnaeva said, according to the paper. “They made them victims of the conspiracy.”
She continued: “They needed somebody to blame for something they committed themselves so they got them, so rejoice people, rejoice."
The suspects' father, Anzor Tsarnaev, also believes his sons are innocent.
"They were set up, they were set up!" Anzor Tsarnaev told the Associated Press in a phone interview from the southern Russian republic of Dagestan. "I saw it on television."
Anzor called Dzhokhar "a true angel."
Ruslan Tsarni, the suspects' uncle who lives in Maryland, was critical of the pair, calling them "losers."