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Three Classmates of Boston Bombing Suspect Charged With Interfering in Investigation

Three Classmates of Boston Bombing Suspect Charged With Interfering in Investigation

Three college classmates of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were arrested and charged Wednesday in connection with the investigation.

From the FBI’s official press release:

Dias Kadyrbayev, 19, and Azamat Tazhayakov, 19, both of New Bedford, were charged in a criminal complaint with conspiracy to obstruct justice by conspiring to destroy, conceal, and cover up tangible objects belonging to suspected marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, namely a laptop computer and backpack containing fireworks. A third man, Robel Phillipos, 19, of Cambridge, was charged with willfully making materially false statements to federal law enforcement officials during a terrorism investigation. According to the affidavit accompanying the complaint, Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov are both nationals of Kazakhstan who entered the United States on student visas. Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov face a maximum sentence of five years in prison and $250,000 fine. Phillipos faces a maximum sentence of eight years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Court documents allege that the three men removed items from Tsarnaev’s dormitory room three days after the Boston  bombings.  While in the room, they had noticed a backpack containing fireworks that had been opened and emptied of powder and concluded that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev must have been involved in the attack.  They decided to remove the backpack – as well as a laptop and a jar of Vaseline that they feared was used “to make bombs” – to help Tsarnaev “avoid trouble.”  Once the Tsarnaev brothers were officially identified to the public by name, confirming their involvement in the attack, two of the three classmates of Dzhokhar’s then put the items into a large trash bag and threw the bag into a nearby dumpster.

You can read the full criminal complaints below.

Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov Complaint (pdf)

Phillipos Complaint (pdf)


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DINORightMarie | May 2, 2013 at 9:53 am

Okay – what about “Terrorista #1”? And which one is the American citizen?

Also, didn’t Suspect #2 tweet these guys or text them? That makes them more complicit, I would think, given they actually KNEW what they were doing was helping a terrorist.

How do these people get here and go undetected by FBI, CIA, or DHS? Oh, yeah, it’s the Obama Administration!! Chicago-on-the-Potomac, with their real focus on implementing Cloward/Piven, not helping or protecting the country or its citizens.

How could I forget?! /sarc

The libtards are so sad …. not one of them an angry, old, white male Tea Partier.

As noted elsewhere, these people could have saved at least the life of the MIT police officer, to say nothing of the cost in various terms of the manhunt.

I will note in passing that Robel Phillipos could be a Philippine name, and they have some of the worst Islamist terrorists going.

    BannedbytheGuardian in reply to Ragspierre. | May 2, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    He looks too dark to be Filipino .

    The Philipines does have indigenous Islamic tribes in the south. The problem here is that they were most likely Islamic before the Spanish colonised the other islands & brought in Catholicism

    So at best they can be controlled & minimalists. they will always be there.

    Even in Burma the Buddhists are giving the Islamics some of their own medicine. Those tribes on the receiving end are possibly very nice people but there goes the narrative of nice peaceful Buddhists.

    Milhouse in reply to Ragspierre. | May 3, 2013 at 12:22 am

    He’s Ethiopian. I haven’t been able to find any reference to his religion. I wonder whether he’s from the part of Ethiopia that’s now Eritrea, i.e. the Moslem part.

Aww come on now, Mandy. Just some late teen ‘American’ boys having some fun.

I mean, all ya’ gotta’ do is ask David Sirota “Let’s hope the Boston Marathon bomber is a white American” and thousands of other leftists..

Obviously, these three are part of the 19% of American Muslims who, according to yesterday’s Pew Research poll, do not “reject suicide bombings and violence against civilians.” 19% of American Muslims! If you accept the USA Today estimate of 2.6 million in 2010, that’s only about 500,000 American Muslims who say they are ok with suicide bombings.

Well, at least we’ve now taken 5 out of circulation. With a casualty rate of 4 dead and 175 seriously maimed. It’s gonna be a bloody future, I fear. Good thing our President is doing nothing about it, other than telling us not to rush to judgment (as he did, re gun control).

There seems to be an discrepancy in the FBI complaint. In para 24, it says the THUGS went to dorm between 6-7 pm

But paras 26/27 seems to indicate that the THUGS went after 9 pm.

In either case, before the THUGS took the evidence from the dorm, they knew Djakar was a fugitive, was a terrorist, had committed terroistic murder.

If the timing is case #2 (after 9 pm), then they also were acting on Djahar instructionst to go to the dorm and also knew Djahar’s likely was intent on more violence (they thought they would never see him again based on what he told them)

A case can be made that they joined the Tsarnaev conspiracy to flee from justice at 8:48 pm, and then took acts in furthance of that conspiracy (hiding evidence) and that they are responsible for the criminal acts of the co-conspiractors — murder of MIT cop; shooting MBTA cop; carjacking; shooting at other cops.

It is a legal stretch, but if the feds/state can get it to a jury, they will be convicted.

Youthful hijinx. Nothing to see here. Move along.