I am absolutely positive about Azamat’s innocence and want to prove this in court. It is important to realize that foreign students naturally stick together because of cultural and language ties. However, that does not mean one would cover-up for another who breaks the law. It only means that it was natural for Azamat to be acquainted with those who speak his native language, but reading too much into college communications is a mistake.
The excellent point that Ismagoulov Amir Tazhayakhovich, Azamat’s father, has made many times in the media is this: Azamat has fully cooperated with federal authorities. He has acted only as an innocent man. He knows that he has not committed any crime and is not involved in any wrongful acts. He is cooperating with the prosecution willing to help America fight terrorism, and we expect Azamat to be found not guilty on all charges.
Locking up Azamat for up to 25 years for something he did not do means he would be in his 30s or 40s upon release. The charges are invalid, and the punishment does not fit the alleged “crime”. Since Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is in complete isolation, and Azamat Tazhayakov does not have the opportunity to convey the truth about his actions, it is very easy to adopt a “lynch mob” mentality and try to hold Azamat responsible for the crime he never committed because it makes everyone feel better or because the country as a whole desperately wants accountability for terrorism. Sharing the grief over the tragedy at the Boston marathon, we are confident that prosecuting the innocent for the sake of nation’s relief is not only unfair but also undermines people’s faith in justice, eventually bringing harm to the country and society.
The only certain fact is that Azamat knew Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. But Azamat is not a practicing Muslim, terrorist, conspirator, and obstructer of justice. Azamat Tazhayakov is innocent, and it will be proven in Court.