Boston bombing suspects' aunt says she's been threatened

Maret Tsarnaev, the aunt of the alleged Boston bombers, talks to a swarm of media in the lobby of...

Maret Tsarnaev, the aunt of the alleged Boston bombers, talks to a swarm of media in the lobby of her Etobicoke apartment building on April 19, 2013. (Ernest Doroszuk/QMI Agency)

Maryam Shah, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:17 PM ET

TORONTO - The Toronto aunt of the two Boston bombing suspects says she has been the target of threats since saying publicly Friday that her nephews were framed.

“They are calling us, calling names, threatening, saying it’s time to go home,” Maret Tsarnaeva said Saturday. “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,” she added.

Maret sounded exhausted the day after her surviving nephew Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was taken into custody by the FBI, following a harrowing day-long manhunt that shut down an entire city and ended with the badly injured suspect hiding in a Boston-area backyard.

His 26-year-old brother Tamerlan was killed in a shoot-out with police early Friday morning.

Their aunt firmly believes it’s all a conspiracy.

“They made our boys enemies of the American nation,” Maret said. “They made them victims of the conspiracy.”

Born in Chechnya, Dzhok


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