Boston bombing suspects admit role in the cover up for Tsarnaev

Three suspects waive bail and accept voluntary detention. Photo: License plate from front of Dias Kadyrbayev's car AP photo

WASHINGTON, May 1, 2013 — The three new suspects in the Boston bombing case appeared this afternoon in court to hear the complaint filed against them by the federal government in the Boston bombing case. The young men appeared in street clothes and shackled. Two of them, Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev, are from Kazakhstan and the other is a Robel Phillipos is a U.S. citizen.

A woman supposedly has also been arrested and is in police custody, but there has been no police confirmation of this story yet.


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A photo was also released of a license plate tag on the front of Dias Kadyrbayev’s car. His friends say it was a joke gift from them about his partying habits and not his political sentiments. 

At this initial hearing, the suspects waived their rights to bail and accepted voluntary detention. They will be arraigned on May 14 at 11 a.m.

They are charged with conspiring together on April 18 and 19, within two days of the Boston Marathon bombings, against the United States government in their cover up of their friend  Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s involvement in the bombings.

The affidavit filed by the government is a list of allegations against the three roommates of Dzhabor Tsarnaev.

* Basically it charges that after seeing the footage of their UMass Dartmouth roommate on television, Phillipos called Kadyrbayev, telling him that he suspect that Dzhokhar was one of the bombers.

* Kadyrbayev texted Dzhokhar about the resemblance and he sent back this response, “Lol, You better not text me.”

* Dzhokhar supposedly also told his friends, “If you need something from room, take it.”

* The three suspects then took a black backpack from the Dzhokhar’s room and put it in a black garbage bag and threw it in a dumpster. The police found the backpack and its contents at a local Boston landfill last Friday.

* Inside the backpack were fireworks, emptied of gun powder, Vaseline, and some college homework assignments, among other items.

* Dzhokhar’s computer, which they also allegedly took, has not been identified as one of the found objects.

* The friends told investigators that Dzhokhar had told them he “knew how to make a bomb” a few months before the Boston Marathon.

* Dzhokhar and the three young men had also set off fireworks a few months before on the banks of Boston’s Charles River.

Tazhayakov and Kadyrbayev, who said they never expected to see Dzhokhar alive again, are facing five years  in federal prison and a $250,000 fine for making false statements and lying to investigators and obstruction of justice.

Phillipos is facing eight years in prison and a $250,000 fine for making false statement, having lied in three different interviews with investigators before telling the truth in the fourth interview.

The big questions remaining that the investigators want to probe further are:

1. Who else was involved?

2. How did the radicalization of the Tsarnaev happen?

3. Are there other conspirators out there, still plotting against the U.S.?


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