By Mary W Maxwell
When Jahar Tsarnaev’s grandaunts came to Boston in April 2015 to attend his trial, they were forced to wear GPS ankle bracelets. I can think of two reasons for this. One is so the media could – and did — describe them in a mocking way. (Was Sarah Blake in Beantown?)
The other reason was a practical one. It was necessary to sequester these Russian ladies so they could not share their knowledge of Jahar’s innocence. They also were not allowed to talk to the prisoner, despite making such a long trip to attend the trial. Ah, the ties that bind.
But Jahar did break down and weep when he saw his elderly aunt in the witness book, saying that he was a good boy.
Elena Teyer’s Post
Think back to the man in Florida, Ibraghim Todashev, who was a boxing buddy of the late Tamerlan. His mother-in-law is Elena Teyer, a Chechen who has recently become a US citizen. (Note: while still an alien she served in the US Army in Iraq.) She is suing for the death of Todashev, but is also keen to save Jahar from execution.
Elena Teyer runs a Facebook page that has more than 10,000 visitors. Recently she posted to that page an affidavit that I will print below, slightly abridged. It was made by a first cousin of Jahar’s paternal grandfather.
The cousin, Dzamaly, corroborates what Aunt Maret said in her famous affidavit. Namely, that the defense team visited Russia many times but would not work on the elements of defending Jahar.
AFFIDAVIT, WRITTEN UNDER OATH, OF DZAMALY TSARNAEV
I, Tsarnaev Dzhamaly Maazovich, born in 1954 year in the town of Tokmak, Kyrgyzstan,,,. Anzor’s father, Zaindi Tsarnaev, now deceased, was my (first) cousin….
For two years, starting from June 2013 to April 2015, me personally and members of my family, brother Said-Hussein, sisters Roza and Taus, as well as family members of Anzor Tsarnaev repeatedly talked at the meetings that took place during the visits of defense lawyers appointed by the USA government to protect the legal interests of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in criminal proceedings.
The lawyers and their invited experts to this case, as they introduced themselves to us, had visited Grozny (Chechnya) and Makhachkala (Dagestan), at the least, fourteen times….
For two years, our meetings and the contents of conversations were, it seemed to me, of a strange nature. Representatives of the defense team for Dzhokhar were collecting information about everything: our way of life, our lives, the origin of the Tsarnaev family tree, where we work, what contacts we have.
They were interested in everything, except the facts proving the innocence of the Tsarnaev brothers, to which we had unsuccessfully tried to draw the attention of defense, because we were openly ignored. Representatives of the defense team were confident in the innocence of the brothers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar; in particular, the lead defense lawyer Judy Clarke herself agreed, adding in the conversation, “we know it – they are innocent.”
From the words of my brother, Said-Khussein Tsarnaev, I learned that on August 7, 2014 the meeting with representatives of the defense team, which took place at the hotel “Grozny – City”
Charlene, who presented herself as an independent investigator involved in the case by Dzhokhar’s lawyers; Jane, presented as a social worker and psychologist; and Olga (a translator from New Jersey, who arrived with the team), translating the conversation, openly admitted to my brother that they knew that Dzhokhar and Tamerlan were not guilty of the bombings, and with this they were apologizing that the Tsarnaevs have had to endure the tragedy involving criminal allegations.
My last personal conversation with the representative of Dzhokhar’s lawyers team, Alicia, introduced to me as assistant to the state-appointed defense attorney, during which I had to speak through an interpreter named Elena, a Russian by
I had met with Alicia and Elena on April 14, 2015 at noon in the hall of the “Ararat – Hyatt” hotel. Later we moved to a cafe on the second floor. Our conversation lasted around 40 minutes. And suddenly Alicia said to me, “Dzhokhar’s guilt has been proven by the prosecution in court, please convince Dzhokhar to take the blame for the bombings in the marathon so that he is not given the death penalty.”
I was shocked by her revelation and request and said, “what are you talking about, we and you both know that the boys are innocent and there is a lot of conclusive evidence of it, and representatives of the defense, who visited earlier in Dagestan and Chechnya, admitted to us that they had known themselves that Tamerlan and Dzhokhar were not involved in the Boston bombings.”
To this Alicia had stated, “If Dzhokhar does not accept the guilt and does not express remorse, then the court will issue him a death sentence, however Dzhokhar is insisting upon his own, that he is ready to die rather than allow for Tamerlan to be blamed for the bombings and to plead guilty for himself and his brother.”…
I asked Alicia to explain why the defense was not using in the court proceedings the commonly known facts of the non-involvement and innocence of the Tsarnaev brothers. …I called on her of the necessity to involve all potential witnesses, whom under various pretexts the FBI had isolated, so that they are not allowed to testify in favor of the defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
At that same moment I had admitted to Alicia that we have collected many documents proving the complete innocence of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar and that we intended to present them to the court. Alicia asked if I could show her these documents. I categorically refused to show them, and said that I shall present them in the right place and at the right time.
After this she asked, “How do you intend to bring them into the USA?” At that time, US visas were supposedly being arranged for the Tsarnaevs, including myself, in any case, Alicia on the previous visit in February 2015 had collected from us the information, passport details and photos of me and my sister, Roza Tsarnaeva.
Later, Alicia repeatedly consulted with us, saying “you will be able to travel, your documents will soon be ready, do not refuse the trip.” We did not intend to abandon the trip, as we were determined to take part in the trial by presenting the evidence of the brothers’ innocence through Dzhokhar’s lawyers.
After my conversation with Alicia held on April 14, 2015 in Moscow, the Tsarnaevs were refused entry visas to the United States for participation in the court trial. It is exactly for this reason that not a single representative of the Tsarnaev family had been present at the court trial in Boston.
Two brothers, Dzhohkar on the left, and Tamerlan
I Am Sick of This Business
So now we hear that the immediate family was given the no-visa treatment. Add that to what Cheryl Dean wrote, here at GumshoeNews, about the abominable “SAMs” imposed on Prisoner Jahar, age 22. As for the grand-aunts who did arrive, they were reportedly teased by “protestors” at their hotel.
Hmm. I may be pretty disgusted with my fellow Bostonians, but I doubt any of them would go to the trouble of harassing elderly people. Especially some ladies from Kyrgyzstan whose only sin is being related to a good boy who was made Patsy of the Year by whoever it is that runs the US government.
Say, who is that anyway?
— Mary W Maxwell writes twice a week, or more if this nonsense keeps up, at GumshoeNews in Melbourne. She is a long lost Bostonian in Australia. Please ask “your local bookstore,” had you one, for her various offerings.