1:32:39 PMTsarnaev friends indicted in bombing investigation
BOSTON (WHDH) -- A federal grand jury in Boston has indicted Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov for obstruction of justice in the Boston Marathon bombing investigation.
The two men, both 19 years old, were previously charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice. They are nationals of Kazakhstan and were residing in New Bedford on student visas. They were charged Friday with conspiracy to obstruct justice and obstructing justice with the intent to impede the Boston Marathon bombing investigation.
Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov were originally charged on May 1, 2013, via criminal complaint.
The indictment alleges that on the evening of April 18, 2013, after the FBI posted photographs of the two men suspected of carrying out the Marathon bombings (who were later identified as Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev), Kadyrbayev received a text message from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev suggesting that he go to Tsarnaev’s "room and take what’s there.” 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. Later that night, Kadyrbayev, with Tazhayakov’s knowledge and agreement, placed Tsarnaev’s backpack, which contained several items including fireworks, in a garbage bag, and put it in a trash dumpster outside their New Bedford apartment.
If convicted, the two men face up to 20 years in prison on the obstruction of justice count and up to five years in prison on the conspiracy count, each to be followed by up to three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. Both face the possibility of being deported.
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