Three new suspects appear in court over Boston bombings

  • Three college friends of the Boston bombings suspect appeared in court on Wednesday, charged with obstructing an investigation into the attacks.

    Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev, both from Kazakhstan, have been accused of removing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's laptop and backpack from his dormitory room at the University of Massachusetts, according to the police.

    Meanwhile, Robel Phillipos has been accused of lying to investigators. None of the three have been charged with plotting the attacks.

    Three people were killed and 264 wounded in the April 15 marathon blasts.

    Tsarnaev, a 19-year-old student, has been charged over the bombings. His 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan, was killed in a shootout with the police.

    If found guilty, Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov face a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000. Phillipos faces up to eight years in prison along with a similar fine.

    Dzhokhar, who was shot during the police manhunt, faces a possible death sentence if convicted.

    He remains in a hospital prison.

    Tamerlan, who was killed on April 19, was reportedly questioned by the FBI in 2011 following a tip-off from Russian authorities. The case was dropped after no evidence of a threat was found.

    The Tsarnaevs, who hailed from the predominantly Muslim republic of Chechnya in southern Russia, had been living in the U.S. for nearly ten years.

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