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Kazakhstan students accused of destroying evidence in Boston plead not guily

31 july 2013, 20:02
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Dias Kadyrbayev (L) and Azamat Tazhayakov are pictured in a courtroom sketch at the John Joseph Moakley United States Federal Courthouse in Boston. ©REUTERS
Dias Kadyrbayev (L) and Azamat Tazhayakov are pictured in a courtroom sketch at the John Joseph Moakley United States Federal Courthouse in Boston. ©REUTERS
The students from Kazakhstan Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev accused in the United States of conspiring to destroy evidences in the Boston bombings case will plead not guilty, RIA Novosti reports citing Tazhayakov’s attorney Arkady Bukh.

According to the lawyer, the first hearing has been scheduled for August 12. It was initially scheduled for May 12, but was postponed upon request of the defence. “There will be no more delays. We are ready to go to jury trial and prove they are not guilty. We are interested to make the trial short, not drag it out” Bukh said.

“They have cooperated with the prosecutors helping America counter terrorism. But in terms of the accusations, they are counting on full acquittance,” he said. The hearing will be held in a technical manner: it will include scheduling submissions of the defense and the prosecutors’ replies before the trial. The lawyer added that he would not request a release on bail for his client, as his student visa has expired.

“We believe it a provocation that the college where Tazhayakov and Kadyrbayev are studying has denied them documents for student visas based on them being under arrest. Probably, we will file a separate lawsuit against the University of Massachusetts,” he added.

The two 19-y.o. students from Kazakhstan Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov are charged with conspiring to destroy evidences in the Boston bombings case. According to the investigators, they tried to conceal evidence in the case of Dzhokhar Tsarnayev accused of committing bombings in Boston. They are not charge with involvement in the bombings of their preparations.

The students may be sentenced to 5 years in jail and a penalty of $250 thousand.

The students have confessed that they took the backpack and the laptop. The evidences were later found at a waste dump. FBI believes that “they took the backpack from Dzhokhar Tsarnayev’s room after they heard on the news that Dzhokhar was suspected of committing the terrorist attack.”

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