Murat Kadyrbayev, the father of one of the new suspects in the Boston Marathon explosions case, gave an exclusive interview to a Kazakh newspaper and television station after his son Dias was questioned by authorities about a week and a half ago.
Dias is one of three new suspects that are in custody, with authorities believing they were involved in the attacks, not just witnesses.
There was a connection between the two and Dzhokar Tsarnaev, according to Murat.
“They used to have common friends, they knew Tsarnaev and hang around together sometimes,” he said.
Three people were killed and more than 260 injured on April 15 when two bombs exploded near the finish line. Suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev died after a gunfight with police several days later. His brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was captured and lies in a hospital prison.
Dias and another of the two new suspects were college friends of Dzhokar Tsarnaev. Linda Cristello, a Boston attorney who represented Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev in immigration court Wednesday morning, confirmed her clients now face separate federal charges and have an afternoon court appearance related to the bombing case.
WCVB reports that all three of the new suspects may have helped the Tsarnaev brothers by throwing away things that could have been used against them, such as a backpack full of fireworks.
Murat Kadyrbayev told the Kazakh media that most of the students who came into contact with the younger Tsarnaev were being questioned.
“I hope that American police will look into the facts and make the right decision,” he said.
Further, the Foriegn Ministry of Kazakhstan is giving aid to the students.