In a recent announcement, the two friends of Dzokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving perpetrator of the horrendous Boston Marathon bombing, have been indicted for obstruction of the course of justice and obstructing justice, with the intent to impede the bombing investigation. It was alleged the Kazakh nationals colluded with Tsarnaev in disposing of the Boston bombers laptop and backpack from a college dorm room.
Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov recently appeared in front of a federal judge, during a court hearing in May, where they were originally charged with conspiring to obstruct justice, a crime which carries a maximum incarceration sentence of five years and a quarter of a million dollars fine.
The pair were friends with Tsarnaev, who attended the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Following the bombing, the pair made initial contact with Tsarnaev, via SMS text, who replied: “Lol… You better not text me,” and were later informed that they could go to Tsarnaev’s room and remove whatever items they desired.
After gaining access to the bomber’s dorm room, the pair removed a backpack containing fireworks. Kadyrbayev admitted to federal agents of his culpability and explained his intention, in removing the backpack, was to “… help his friend Tsarnaev avoid trouble.” The pair also pilfered a laptop from the residence, which they took to their apartment in New Bedford, and later disposed of the suspected bomber’s backpack in the trash.
However, the previous May charges have now been superseded by today’s latest announcement, which adds an additional count of obstructing the Boston bombing case.
According to Fox Boston, if the pair are found guilty of aiding the Boston bomber, they could be imprisoned for a maximum of 20 years for obstruction of justice and an additional 5 years on the count of conspiracy, which is to be enforced with a $250,000 fine.
By: James Fenner