Thursday, August 8, 2013

Tsarnaev's Buddies Indicted for Hiding Evidence; Charged with Obstructing Justice by Dumping Data

Two of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's former college buddies were formally indicted today (August 8, 2013) for allegedly helping the Boston Marathon bombing suspect ditch evidence, the Newser website reports.

Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov -- both 19 years old -- were charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice and obstruction of justice. When they were first arrested last April, they were charged only with conspiracy.

The two Muslims and Kazakhstan nationals were classmates and close friends with Tsarnaev at Umass-Dartmouth. In the wake of the bombings, he texted them, and told them to go to his room and "take what's there," prosecutors said.

Prosecutors say the two shoved items in a garbage bag -- reportedly including a laptop and a backpack full of fireworks -- with Tazhayakov's "knowledge and agreement." They then allegedly threw those items in a dumpster.

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