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.

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