Friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect stand trial in US



Published time: August 13, 2013 06:20



Defendants Dias Kadyrbayev (L) and Azamat Tazhayakov are pictured in a courtroom sketch, appearing in front of Federal Magistrate Marianne Bowler at the John Joseph Moakley United States Federal Courthouse in Boston, Massachusetts May 1, 2013. (Reuters)

Two Kazakh students who were friends with suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are standing trial in the US, accused of conspiring to destroy evidence in the bombing case.

The first hearing of the case against Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias
Kadyrbayev is scheduled to take place on Tuesday. The original
hearing, which was scheduled for May, was postponed at the
request of the defendant’s legal team. Both men are accused of
trying to impede investigators by throwing away fireworks and
other evidence they found in Tsarnaev’s residence the day before
his apprehension.

“Kadyrbayev, Tazhayakov, and another conspirator, according to
the indictment, then went to Tsarnaev’s dormitory room and
removed several items, including Tsarnaev’s laptop computer and a
backpack containing fireworks, and brought them to Kadyrbayev and
Tazhayakov’s apartment in New Bedford,”
the FBI wrote in a
statement on its website.

The 19-year-olds, who shared a room in an apartment in New
Bedford, Massachusetts, have been detained since they were
charged in a criminal complaint in May. If convicted, they face
up to 20 years in prison. During their arrest, a third male was
apprehended. Robel Phillipos is charged with lying to
investigators.

Twenty-year-old Tsarnaev is suspected of orchestrating the April
15 blasts at the Boston Marathon which killed three people and
wounded at least 260 others. The Dagestani was captured on April
19 after a shootout with authorities. He entered a not-guilty
plea. 

Another suspect in the Boston Marathon case, Ibragim Todashev,
was shot dead by an FBI agent in May when he allegedly attacked
the officer during an interview.

RT’s Anastasia Churkina spoke with Todashev’s mourning father,
who is on a mission to uncover the truth behind the FBI’s killing
of his son. He is even willing to sue the bureau if necessary.

“I want justice, honestly,” said Abdulbaki Todashev.
“Because an unprecedented, intentional murder of my son took
place.”

For more, watch Anastasia Churkina’s interview with Abdulbaki
Todashev.

Republished from: RT