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Brothers of kidnap accused fear they'll never clear names

The two brothers of Ariel Castro, the man charged with the decade-long kidnap, rape and abuse of three young women, say they fear people will always believe they had some connection to their brother's alleged crimes.

Pedro Castro (54) said: "It's going to haunt me down because people are going to think, yeah, Pedro got something to do with this. And Pedro don't have nothing to do with this."

Pedro and Onil Castro (50) were arrested with 52-year-old Ariel last week and their dishevelled mugshots were broadcast around the world. Within days, however, they were released without charge.

The two men say they have been in hiding with their 71-year-old mother after rocks were thrown at their houses and death threats posted online.

"If I knew that my brother was doing this, I would call the cops," said Pedro, in an interview to be broadcast today. "If I knew, I would have reported it, brother or no brother."

Onil added: "The people out there, that know me, they know that Onil Castro is not that person and has nothing to do with that."

The victims – Michelle Knight (32), Amanda Berry (27), and Gina DeJesus (23) – have requested privacy to enable them to adjust to life after 10 years of confinement, during which police reports say they were systematically raped and abused.

A lawyer for the women said yesterday that none of them planned to give interviews until criminal proceedings were completed. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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