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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Monday, July 21, 2014

"Boston Bombing Suspect’s Friend Is Convicted of Conspiracy and Obstruction"

From The New York Times:

In the case that ended on Monday, prosecutors said that after Mr. Tazhayakov and another friend, Dias Kadyrbayev, realized Mr. Tsarnaev was a suspect in the bombing, they removed items including a backpack and a laptop from Mr. Tsarnaev’s dorm room, and agreed to throw out the backpack. The men attended the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. The jury found Mr. Tazhayakov guilty in connection with the removal of the backpack, but not the laptop.

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Prosecutors asserted that he was contacted by Mr. Kadyrbayev shortly after surveillance photos of the Tsarnaev brothers were released by the F.B.I. on April 18 — three days after the bombing. The government contended that the two met and looked at those photos on Mr. Kadyrbayev’s phone, and that Mr. Kadyrbayev showed Mr. Tazhayakov a text message from Mr. Tsarnaev imploring him to “go to my room and take what’s there.”

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