Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's Friends Charged With Obstruction of Justice

Two friends of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were charged with obstruction of justice today, with prosecutors alleging that they helped the alleged Boston Marathon bomber dispose of evidence in the wake of the attacks last April.

According to the indictment, Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, are both 19-year-old Kazakhstani citizens living in New Bedford, Massachusetts. They were texted by Tsarnaev three days after the April 15th bombing with instructions to go to Tsarnaev’s dorm room and “take what’s there.” Kadyrbayev, Tazhayakov, and a third friend are alleged to have done just that, entering Tsarnaev’s dormitory room and retrieving both his laptop and a backpack containing fireworks and other bombmaking materials.

Prosecutors say the three took Tsarnaev’s possessions back to New Bedford, at which point Kadyrbayev put them in a garbage bag and threw them into a dumpster.

The two are charged with conspiracy and obstruction of justice, and could face 25 years in prison and deportation if convicted.

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