Two college friends of the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect pleaded not guilty Tuesday to allegations they conspired to obstruct justice by agreeing to destroy and conceal some of their friend’s belongings as he evaded authorities.
Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, both nationals of Kazakhstan who shared an apartment in New Bedford, Massachusetts, became friends with bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev when they all started school at University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth in 2011.
Tsarnaev is accused of setting off two bombs near the race’s finish line that killed three and wounded hundreds on 15 April. He has pleaded not guilty. Authorities say he was working with his older brother, who died during the manhunt for the suspects days later.
Both Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov face up to 25 years in prison if convicted on both the obstruction and conspiracy charges they face.
17:18 // 1 year ago
Federal authorities on Thursday indicted two teenagers from Kazakhstan on Thursday charges that they obstructed the federal investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing.
Prosecutors allege that Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, both 19, worked together to retrieve accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s backpack and computer from his dormitory room and discard it in the garbage outside of their apartment building.
Both young men are believed to be friends of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and now face charges that they attempted to destroy evidence after receiving a text message from Tsarnaev after the Boston Marathon bombing took place.Both now face one count of obstruction of justice, along with a conspiracy charge, and could each face up to 25 years in prison if they’re found guilty.
14:58 // 1 year ago
Federal investigators are in the midst of an active criminal investigation of disgraced former Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong, ABC News has learned.
The revelation comes in stark contrast to statements made by the U.S. Attorney for Southern California, Andre Birotte, who addressed his own criminal inquiry of Armstrong for the first time publicly on Tuesday. Birotte’s office spent nearly two years investigating Armstrong for crimes reportedly including drug distribution, fraud and conspiracy — only to suddenly drop the case on the Friday before the Super Bowl last year.
Armstrong has yet to comment on the reports but, given his recent admissions on Oprah, we’d imagine he would have a hard time defending himself in court should the government decide to prosecute. Do you think Lance Armstrong should face criminal penalties for covering-up his usage of performance enhancing substances?
15:00 // 1 year ago