Boston bombing case: 3 charged for ‘covering up’ suspects

In a major development in the Boston Marathon bombings probe, three 19-year-old students, including two Kazakhs, were arrested today by the FBI and charged with covering up for the suspected bombers.

Boston: Three teenage college friends of Chechen-origin Boston bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev tried to save him although they knew that he was involved in the terrorist attack, with two of them destroying his key belongings and the third lying to the police.

But little did they knew that their effort would land them in jail for helping someone who is suspected of two bomb blasts in Boston that killed three people and injured more than 200 others on April 15, in one of the worst terrorist attack in the US post 9/11.

The FBI yesterday arrested and charged Dias Kadyrbayev, and Azamat Tazhayakov, both of New Bedford in Massachusetts, of trying to destroy the key evidences - a laptop computer and a backpack containing fireworks. A third, Robel Phillipos, is charged with making false statements to officials.

According to the criminal complaint filed before a Boston court, law enforcement agents recovered Tsarnaev`s backpack from a landfill in New Bedford where they believed it to have been dumped by the service that removes garbage from the Carriage Drive apartment complex.

The backpack was partially enclosed in a black garbage bag with red drawstring handles. Inside the backpack, the agents recovered fireworks, ajar of Vaseline, and a homework assignment sheet, among other things.
The assignment sheet is from a class in which Tsarnaev is currently enrolled, said the FBI agent Scott P Cieplik.

These are the items that Tazhayakov, Kadyrbayev - from Kazakhastan - and Phillipos, a US citizen, took from Tsarnaev`s dorm room at the University of Massachusetts- Dartmouth after the FBI released photos of Tsarnaev and his elder brother Tamerlan, as the suspects of the Boston blasts.

According to the FBI affidavit, the three quickly knew that the video and picture released by the Boston police was that of their friend Tsarnaev.