Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty to 30 federal charges Wednesday. Notably absent from the courtroom were his parents, who remain in Russia. Two of the accused terrorists sisters, however, were in the courtroom for the hearing. His family maintains that Tsarneav is innocent.
Wearing an orange jumpsuit the teen was seen blowing a kiss to a family member. One of his siblings burst into tears when he entered his not guilty pleas.
Tsarnaev's mother, Zubeidat, monitored the developments from Russia. She spoke to WCVB-TV over the phone in the hours following the hearing. She calls her son an 'angel.'
"I wish I could be there with my son, oh my god. My son is the greatest one. I am proud of my son, and I knew from the first day, from the first moment, from the first second, that my son is not guilty," said Zubeidat.
She remains in Russia because there is a warrant for her arrest in the United States. Zubeidat is accused of stealing from a store in the Natick Mall.
Also missing from the courtroom was Tsarnaev's uncle, Ruslan Tsarni, who helped make funeral arrangements for Tamerlan. Tamerlan was killed in a shootout with police. His wife, Katherine Russell of North Kingstown, also did not attend.