Saturday, May 4, 2013

Marathon jihad update: Tamerlan called his wife after being identified by the FBI in released photos, she does nothing

No call to police or FBI, nothing to indicate she wanted to cooperate.  Three dead and over 200 wounded and she does nothing.

From the Detroit Free Press May 2 by Kevin Johnson and Doug Stanglin

Tamerlan Tsarnaev called wife after FBI released photos

Investigators in the Boston bombing case want to find out what Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his wife discussed when he phoned her a few hours after the FBI released photos of him and his brother as suspects in the deadly attack, a federal law enforcement official said Thursday.

Tsarnaev, 26, died not long after the conversation during an early-morning shootout with police on April 19. His brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was later captured with serious injuries.

The younger Tsarnaev has been charged in connection with the April 15 bombing that killed three people and injured more than 260. He was captured the evening of April 19, hours after the shootout, while hiding in a boat in a backyard in Watertown, Mass. He is being held at a prison medical center.

According to an FBI affidavit, three classmates of Tsarnaev’s at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth saw the FBI photos released April 18 and concluded that he was one of the suspects. The document says they went to his dorm room and removed his backpack and laptop. A federal complaint charges that they took the items to try to keep Tsarnaev from getting into trouble over the bombing.

The content of the phone conversation between Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his wife, Katherine Russell, has not been disclosed, but authorities want to discuss it with her, the law enforcement official said.

The official, who is not authorized to comment publicly, said investigators are seeking Russell’s cooperation in learning more about Tsarnaev’s activities and communications leading up to the attacks.

Russell, a physician’s daughter, met her husband at Suffolk University, according to her lawyer. She converted to Islam and married him in 2010.

Russell’s attorney, Amato DeLuca, said in a written statement on Wednesday that his client “will continue to meet with law enforcement, as she has done for many hours over the past week, and provide as much assistance to the investigation as she can.”

Earlier this week, federal investigators took a DNA sample from Russell as part of the inquiry that also involves analysis of remains of a pressure-cooker device detonated at the Boston Marathon.

Authorities believe the remains contain DNA and fingerprints that could assist in tracking the origin of the components or possible accomplices.

On Monday, FBI agents also visited the North Kingstown, R.I., home of Russell’s parents, where she has been staying, and carried away several bags, according to FBI spokesman Jason Pack. Russell did not speak to reporters as she left her attorneys’ office in Providence later in the day.

Attorneys have said Russell and her family were in shock when they learned of the allegations against her husband and brother-in-law.

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