Ruslan Tsarni VIDEO: Uncle of Boston Bombers Calls Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev 'LOSERS' [Full Transcript]
on Apr 19, 2013 12:26 PM EDT
Of the two Boston bombing suspects, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev is on the run and Tamerlan Tsarnaev is dead following a shootout on Thursday night - and now their uncle has come out to speak to the press.
On Friday Ruslan Tsarni addressed the public for the first time since the two men - who are also brothers - were identified as suspects in connection to the bomb explosions that took place on Monday at the Boston Marathon. During his statement he said he does not have a close relationship with the two suspects and also admitted that he spoke to them Friday morning.
Among his detailing of who the Tsarnaev's really are, he said a possible motive for the bombing is the fact that the brothers are "losers." He said he did not know they held hatred or "any ill-will towards United States," but explained "being losers, [they had] hatred to those who were able to settle themselves."
When asked how he feels about the recent violent actions of his nephews, Tsarni replied, "of course I'm ashamed!"
"He put a SHAME on our family. He put a shame on the entire Chechnyan ethnicity cuz now everyone blames Chechnyans," Tsarni said, though it is unclear which Tsanaev in specific he was referring to. "They shamed [the] entire ethnicity."
Watch the video below to hear Tsarni speak to the press on Friday. A full transcript of his statements are provided:
"I want to speak on behalf of Tsarnev. First, the only purpose here is just to deliver condolences and to share grief with the victims here. Those who were injured - this boy this Chinese girl, the young 29-year-old girl - I've been following this from day one.
I can never imagine that somehow the children of my brother would be associated with that so it is atrocity. I don't know this family . I don't know how to share that grief with the real victims.
They never lived here. The last time I saw them was December 2005.
I never knew they had any ill will towards United States. Being losers, hatred to those who were able to settle themselves - these are the only reasons I can imagine why they did this. Anything else, religion, is a fraud. I've seen thm when they were kids.
Somebody radicalized them but its not my brother who spent his life bringing bread to their table fixing cars. He didnt have time or chance, He's been working.
My family has nothing to do with that family.
Of course we are ashamed! They are children of my family! Who had little influence of them. i just wanted my family to be away from them.
Again I say what I think was behind it . BEING LOSERS! not being able to settle themselves. That they were hating everyone who did.
They came early since 2003. They came to Cambridge when they moved to the States. They came to Cambridge. They immigrated. They received asylum. They LIVED there. My family had nothing to do with that family for a long time. Last time I spoke to them was 2009.
I say I teach my children. I respect this country I love this country. This country which gives chance to everyone else to be treated as a human being .
They never been in checnya. They had nothing to do with Chechnya. They were not born there. One of them was born in neighboring country.
I saw them only this morning when I was contacted at 7 a.m. with the orders. When they said have you seen the pictures I opened up internet and I saw a picture of Jahad.
I said, 'You're alive! Turn yourself in and ask for forgiveneess. The victims from the injured and from those who died. Ask forgiveness from these people." He put a SHAME on our family. He put a shame on the entire Chechnyan ethnicity cause now everyone blames Chechnyans. They shamed entire ethnicity. TURN yourself IN and put yourself in the discretion of these people.
(Reporter asked: do you consider them terrorists) I would, I would. From now on, I ask you to respect our property. Again, with the families of those who suffered, we share the grief with them. I'm ready to bend in, we seek forgiveness. Thank you."
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