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Prosecutors 'attempt to impress the public': Kadyrbayev-Tazhayakov case

16 july 2014, 02:44
Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov. Photo ©REUTERS
Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov. Photo ©REUTERS

American attorneys and legal experts have criticized the prosecutors for charging Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev too harshly. The two Kazakhstani students are accused of obstructing justice in the Boston bombings case, Tengrinews reports citing The Guardian.

"No matter what the facts are, I think the U.S. attorney's office may be a little overzealous in how harshly they are treating these cases," Christopher Dearborn, a professor at Suffolk University Law School, said.

“It’s to send the message that we're tough on crime and very tough on terrorism, but at what price? How does that resemble fairness?" Dearborn added and called it “an attempt to impress the public”.

A former president of the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys Randy Chapman agreed that people under investigation could say things that are not necessarily accurate.

"Most people, in the course of being subjected to an investigation and possible accusation, will sometimes say things that are not accurate but are nevertheless not criminal because they aren't material to the investigation," Chapman said.

However, Gerry Leone, a former federal prosecutor stressed that obstructing justice can have grave consequences even if it does not have immediate connection to the committed crime. “Sometimes what happens is you end up with people who may not have had anything to do with the commission of the crime, but either lied or obstructed in the context of something that is extremely serious,” Leone said.

Professor Jeffrey Addicott, director of the Center for Terrorism Law at St Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio, explained that the charges against the two Kazakhstani students were typical for terrorism-related cases.

By Gyuzel Kamalova

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