Two Friends of Boston Bombing Suspect Indicted on Federal Obstruction of Justice Charges

The two friends of Boston marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who were arrested and charged in May now face two additional charges connected to what the FBI says was their attempt to destroy evidence.

Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, both students from Kazakhstan, were indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury, the next step in bringing them to trial.

In addition to being accused of conspiracy to obstruct justice, the count on which they were originally arrested, they are now also charged with obstructing justice and aiding and abetting.

The indictment recites the same allegations made in the earlier charges: that they want to Tsarnaev's dorm room and took his laptop computer and his backpack. The discovered the remnants of fireworks in the backpack, and took all the possessions back to their apartment.

Prosecutors say that after discussing what to do, the two put the backpack in a garbage bag and placed it in a dumpster. The next morning, prosecutors say, after Tsarnaev had been identified as one of the bombing suspects, Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov "watched as a garbage truck came to their apartment complex and emptied the contents."

The FBI had earlier disclosed that the backpack was found in the New Bedford landfill.

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