Azamat Tazhayakov, Dias Kadyrbayev, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
Dias Kadyrbayev And Azamat Tazhayakov Arraignment: Marathon Suspect’s Friends Face Obstruction Charge (UPDATED)
August 13, 2013   By:    Azamat Tazhayakov, Dias Kadyrbayev, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev   3 Comments   //   407 Views
 UPDATE: 2:35 p.m. – Two friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty to charges against them in court Tuesday afternoon, according to Fox News.

Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, former students at UMass Dartmouth, were charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice and obstructing justice with the intent to impede the bombing investigation.

“Dias Kadyrbayev and his family also grieve for the victims’ families and want justice for the victims. The surviving brother charged as the bomber should, after a fair trial, be held fully accountable under our laws,” Kadyrbayev’s attorney, Robert Stahl, said in a statement released following the arraignment. “We look forward to the evidence eventually proving that Dias did not obstruct justice, nor knowingly or intentionally take evidence from Dzohkhar Tsarnaev’s dorm room.”

Previously:
BOSTON — Two college friends of the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect face arraignment on charges of disposing evidence from the suspect’s dorm room.

Dias Kadyrbayev (DYE’-us kad-uhr-BYE-ev) and Azamat Tazhayakov (AHZ’-maht tuh-ZAYE’-uh-kov) are scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon in federal court on charges of conspiracy to obstruct justice. If convicted, they face up to 20 years in prison.

Prosecutors say the 19-year-old men, both from Kazakhstan, tried to thwart the investigations into the April 15 explosions by throwing away fireworks and other items they found in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s (joh-HAHR’ tsahr-NEYE’-ehvz) dorm room the day before his capture.

Authorities later discovered the fireworks in a New Bedford landfill.

Like Tsarnaev, they were students at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth at the time.

Lawyers for both men have said they did nothing wrong.

Prosecutors say the 19-year-old men, both from Kazakhstan, tried to thwart the investigations into the April 15 explosions by throwing away fireworks and other items they found in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s (joh-HAHR’ tsahr-NEYE’-ehvz) dorm room the day before his capture.

Authorities later discovered the fireworks in a New Bedford landfill.

Like Tsarnaev, they were students at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth at the time.

Lawyers for both men have said they did nothing wrong.

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