Father of Terrorist: 'He Was Locked Up for Half an Hour' Because He Hit Girlfriend 'Lightly'

By Terence P. Jeffrey | April 20, 2013 | 10:13 AM EDT

Boston Marathon terrorist Tamerlan Tsarnaev (FBI photo)

(CNSNews.com) - Anzor Tsarnaev, the father of the Boston Marathon terrorists, told the New York Times in a telephone interview that his elder son's effort to become a naturalized U.S. citizen had been held up because he hit his girlfriend "lightly."

Because of this attack on his girlfriend, Tamerlan Tsarnaev had to spend a half hour in jail, the father told the Times. But he continued to hold a green card and was a legal permanent resident in the United States.

"Because of this girlfriend, he hit her lightly, he was locked up for half an hour," the father told the Times in a story posted Friday. "There was jealousy there."

Nonetheless, according to the Times, Tamerlan Tsarnaev married and had a child.