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Last week, Carmen Ortiz, Boston’s top federal prosecutor, indicted Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, two college buddies of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. They will be arraigned today.

Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov are charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice (agreeing to destroy evidence) and obstruction of justice (actually destroying evidence) for allegedly having thrown out a backpack they took from Tsarnaev’s dorm room containing evidence relating to the marathon attack. If convicted, they face as many as 25 years in prison—five on the conspiracy charge and 20 on the obstruction charge. (I represented Tazhayakov when he was first arrested in May. His family has since hired a Russian-speaking lawyer.)

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BOSTON (WPRI) -- A probable cause hearing scheduled for Monday for a former UMass Dartmouth student in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing was delayed.

Robel Phillipos is accused of removing a laptop and backpack containing fireworks from the dorm of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev three days after the attack took place. 

Phillipos, along with two other classmates of Tsarnaev, was taken into custody back in May and federally charged with conspiring to obstruct justice.

It was determined later that week that he was not a flight risk, and was released on home confinement .

If convicted, Phillipos faces up to eight years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

By Shaun Towne

Updated by Nancy Krause

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