Accused of Aiding Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Friends Indicted in Bombing

Friday, 09 Aug 2013 05:26 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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Two friends of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were indicted in federal court Thursday on charges of obstruction of justice.

The Boston Globe reported that Dias Kadyrbayev, 19, and Azamat Tazhayakov, 19, were named in the indictment, accused of helping Tsarnaev get rid of incriminating evidence that the alleged bomber left behind in his UM-Dartmouth college dorm room on April 18, three days after the terror bombing killed three and wounded 260 in Boston.

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Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov, both former UM-Dartmouth students, will be arraigned Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Boston, according to The Globe. They were already in custody because of a May 1 federal criminal complaint charging them with conspiracy to obstruct justice.

CBS News said the indictment alleges that Kadyrbayev, Tazhayakov, and another conspirator, who was not named, went to Tsarnaev's dorm room and removed several items, including Tsarnaev's laptop computer and a backpack containing fireworks.

The indictment went on to state that the students brought the items to Kadyrbayev's and Tazhayakov's apartment and later put some of them in a trash receptacle.

Robel Phillipos, another Tsarnaev friend accused of lying to FBI agents investigating the disposal of evidence, was not indicted. Phillipos' attorney Derege B. Demissie filed paperwork Thursday, according to The Globe, saying negotiations with Ortiz's office on his client's case were ongoing.

Arkady Bukh, the attorney for Tazhayakov, said that his client is innocent, calling the charges against Tazhayakov "like a witch hunt."

"And this is the same view (my) client has," Bukh told CBS News, saying Tazhayakov did nothing wrong.

Robert Stahl, Kadyrbayev's attorney, said to CBS News that his client "was shocked and horrified to learn that someone he knew was involved in the terrible Marathon bombing" and never knowingly took evidence from Tsarnaev's dorm room.

The Globe wrote that Tsarnaev, 20, and his brother Tamerlan are accused of detonating two bombs near the finish of the Boston Marathon April 15.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died in shootout with police later that week while Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was taken into custody following a massive manhunt that shut down greater Boston.

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