On Tuesday, the U.K.’s Channel 4 News revealed the first recording of Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s voice since the marathon bombing occurred.
Channel 4 News obtained the audio recording from Tsarnaev’s mother, Zubaidet Tsarnaev, who played the clip on the air. It was his first phone call to his family since the event.
In the phone call to his mother from a military prison, Tsarnaev spoke in Russian and told his mother that he is eating well and is in good health. He added that he was not in pain.
“I'm already eating and have been for a long time,” Tsarnaev said. “They are giving me rice and chicken now, everything's fine.”
When his mother asked if he needed anything, Tsarnaev said he was being provided for.
“I do have money,” he said. “Somebody opened an account for me and people send me money here.”
Tsaernev also told his mother that he was asking God for support.
His parents said they were surprised by his calm words and that Tsaernev reassured his mother instead of asking her questions.
His father, Anzor Ysaernev, said Tsaernev is in shock and doesn’t understand what has happened to him.
“I understand,” Ysaernev said. “I’m just ... someone who is shocked because justice has vanished.”
Tsarnaev’s parents continue to insist on his innocence and have raised money and started a “Free Jahar” website.