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Kazakhstan students escalate from immigration violation to obstruction of U.S. justice charges

02 may 2013, 16:09
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Kazakhstan Foreign Ministry. Photo by Vladimir Dmitriyev©
Kazakhstan Foreign Ministry. Photo by Vladimir Dmitriyev©
Kazakhstan students apprehended in Boston face criminal charges instead of visa regime violation ones, Tengrinews.kz reports citing Kazakhstan Foreign Ministry.

The hearing on the criminal case is scheduled for May 14. They are accused of willfully conspiring with each other to commit an office against the United States, to wit, 18 U.S.C. par. 1519, by knowingly destroying, concealing, and covering up object belonging to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, namely, a backpack containing fireworks and a laptop computer, with the intent to impede, obstruct, and influence the criminal investigation of the Marathon bombings, in violation of 18 U.S.C. par. 371.

According to the Ministry, Kazakhstan students are facing criminal charges of destroying evidences of a crime.

Initially Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov were arrested for alleged violation of U.S. immigration regulations on April 20. They are being detained by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement at the Suffolk County House of Corrections in Boston. No visa regime violation charges have been presented to them so far. But after the FBI started looking at Tsarnaev's connections they were found to have communicated with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in text messages. After that they were presented with the criminal charges.

Being detained in Suffolk County jail, the students took part in the hearing on the migration case via a video conference on May 1. The hearing was also attended by Kazakhstan consular.

“A preliminary hearing on the alleged violations of immigration law by Kazakhstan students Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov was held on May 1. Their hearings were rescheduled to May 9 for Tazhayakov and to May 22 for Kadyrbayev. Later the same day criminal charges they were brought against them. They are charged with obstruction of justice by destroying evidences,” Kazakhstan Foreign Ministry stated.

The hearing of the United States of America v. Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov (on the criminal charges) has been scheduled for May 14.

The Ministry stressed that Kazakhstan students were not accused of being involved in the Boston bombings or of helping Tsarnaev brothers prepare them. “Our citizens are currently receiving necessary consular’s support. They have not been proved guilty, the investigation is still in process. Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov are cooperating with the investigation authorities and assisting them,” the Ministry wrote.

Two bombs exploded one after another near the finish line of the Boston Marathon near Copley Square on April 15, turning the celebration into a bloody scene of destruction. The attack claimed 3 lives and injured 144 people. The U.S. police apprehended the first suspect Tamerlan Tsarnayev in Watertown. He later died in the hospital because of numerous injuries. The operation on apprehension of his brother Dzhohar lasted for 15 hours. According to media, Dzhohar Tsarnayev was wounded in the neck and leg and was hospitalized.


By Roza Yessenkulova

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