Rumor: Facebook group 'Dzhokar Tsarnaev is innocent' gets 13K followers

The Facebook group has attracted more than 13,000 followers.

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Facebook group claims teen suspect in Boston bombing is innocent

A “Dzhokar Tsarnaev is innocent” Facebook group has attracted more than 13,000 followers, suggesting that the surviving younger brother charged in the Boston bombings “is turning into a mixture of pop icon and Internet martyr, spawning photo campaigns, posters, and a rubber 'cause' bracelet,” The Daily Mail reports.

The 19-year-old college student and his now deceased older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, are accused of killing three and wounding many others last Monday at the Boston Marathon.

The Facebook page’s creator, AXJ Boston, contends in a blog post that the lengthy complaint filed against the teen “has more holes in it than Swiss cheese.” Among problems it lays out in another post: “No videos of the actual arrest” and “no video of the suspects planting the bombs.”

“We truly believe he has been set up and that there is not enough evidence to incriminate him,” states the Facebook page, in part.

Related: From outsiders to suspects – the Tsarnaev brothers

It’s not the only supportive Facebook page. Other smaller Facebook groups supporting the teen include “Dzhokar Tsarnaev is Innocent until proven guilty!,”  and at least a couple simply named “Dzhokar Tsarnaev.”

Attracting fury

“What a bunch of unbelievable idiots,” an unidentified federal agent in Washington, D.C. told the Daily Mail. “These morons will make it much harder for the country to recover from this.”

Fury over the “Dzhokar Tsarnaev is Innocent” Facebook group has forced its administrators to turn it into a closed group. It now screens who is admitted as a follower. A statement reads: “Dear DT Supporters: We are being viciously attacked for having presented the Habeas Corpus to the Court. We will not allow anyone else into this group unless you have previously screened them. Please set up your own system of screening but until you give us the go ahead no one else will be allowed in. AXJ.”

#FreeJahar gains steam on Twitter

The teen also is gaining support from people on Twitter, many tweeting under the hash tag #freejahar, note The Daily Caller, Wired and Huffington Post.

According to Wired, “@J_Tsarsupport posted a photo (warning: graphic) claiming “proof that half the ‘victims’ are fake” based on a suspicion that there ought to be more blood. Links to conspiracy accusations on Infowars — which disrupted an FBI press conference on Thursday — proliferate. Photos circulate purporting to show, as with this one, that the backpack containing the bomb matches one carried by a different individual.”

Meanwhile, more than 6,700 people have signed a petition at Change.org asking President Barack Obama to guarantee that “wrongfully accused” Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will get a fair trial, saying that “conflicting information shown by the media” doesn’t add up to enough evidence to condemn the teen.

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