VOA News – The lawyer representing the family of a man linked to the Boston Marathon bombing suspects says his client is cooperating with investigators.
His attorney said the family has answered all the questions authorities have asked of them. He said they are fully cooperating.
“What I told them to do is go about their normal activity. Go about their normal day,” Nicholson said. “And to date they have answered all the questions that have been asked of them by the authorities. They are fully cooperating and that’s it.”
U.S. media reports say investigators have found no evidence that Misha had any connection to the Boston Marathon bombing.
The suspects’ mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, says she and her older son Tamerlan turned more deeply to Islam about five years ago after being influenced by the family friend.
U.S. lawmakers Sunday said investigators are pursuing “persons of interest” in the United States who may have links to the attacks. But authorities say they believe Tamerlan, who was killed in a shootout with police, and his younger brother Dzhokhar, acted alone in carrying out the April 15 attack that killed three people and wounded more than 250.
A few days ago, Russian authorities told U.S. investigators they had secretly recorded a 2011 phone conversation in which Zubeidat Tsarnaeva had vaguely discussed jihad with Tamerlan.
The CIA and the FBI flagged Tamerlan and his mother over possible extremist ties after Russian officials contacted the U.S. agencies more than two years ago. But a U.S. inquiry at the time was closed in late spring of 2011.
Congressman Peter King, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, told NBC’s Today show he believes the FBI investigation would have gone much further if the Russian government had revealed the phone conversation and informed Washington of “the mother’s radicalization, [and] the son’s radicalization” earlier.