Boston bomb suspect tells mother he is 'doing fine'

LONDON (AFP) - Boston Marathon bomb suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has told his mother that he is receiving thousands of dollars in support from unnamed sources, according to a video obtained by Britain's Channel 4 News.

Zubeidat Tsarnaev replayed a recording of the conversation with her son, who is being held in Fort Devens prison in Massachusetts, in which he says "everything is fine" ahead of his trial.

"I'm already eating and have been for a long time," he said in the message, which was recorded last week according to Channel 4.

"They are giving me rice and chicken now. Everything is fine," he added. "Everything is good." His mother pleaded with her son to "be strong", telling him "you are my life" during the one call he was allowed to make from prison.

Tsarnaev, 19, faces life imprisonment or the death penalty if convicted on terrorism and other charges following twin bombings at the Boston Marathon, which he allegedly carried out with his older brother Tamerlan, 26.

Their mother insisted to the British news channel during the interview in Dagestan that "I know my kids didn't do it".

She also explained that Dzhokhar had told her: "Don't worry about me, I do have money".

He explained that "somebody opened an account for me and people send me money here, I do have lots of money".

She added that he said thousands of dollars when asked exactly how much.

Father Anzor said his son was in shock and "doesn't understand what has happened to him".

"There is no justice," he added. "It's impossible to understand what happened." The parents' campaign protesting their sons' innocence has raised US$8,000 (S$10,024), they revealed.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev died in a gun battle with police a few days after the April 15 bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260 at the marathon finish line.

A first court hearing for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was last month pushed back from July 2 to July 10.

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