Jury selected for Tazhayakov's hearing on July 7 15 июля 2014, 17:35
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The Boston court will make the final decision in the case of a Kazakhstani student Azamat Tazhayakov accused of impeding the Boston bombings investigation. The first hearing was held on July 7, Tengrinews reports.
According to the father of the student Amir Ismagulov, the fact that the young men gave their statements involuntarily after a 12 hour interview by the FBI agents would play a big role. “The agents were deceiving the boys when they told them in the beginning of the interview 'you are not suspects but volunteers who are helping us',” Ismagulov told KTK.
In turn, Judge Douglas Woodlock said that he would declare mistrial in case it is proved that the Kazakhstani student gave statements involuntarily.
“The defendant (Tazhayakov) presses one objection to the demonstratives the government proposes to use during its opening statement,” Woodlock wrote on Thursday. “This concerns what Dzhokar Tsarnaev is said to have told the defendant about Tsarnaev’s knowledge regarding the making of a bomb. I find the government’s paraphrase in the demonstrative of the conversation between Tsarnaev and the defendant fairly reflects evidence admissible at trial,” Judge Woodlock said.
The judge did not specify when and what Tsarnaev told Tazhayakov. However, according to the records of the court, the Kazakhstani told the FBI that he knew about Tsarnaev’s plans one month before the bombings.
Meanwhile, the court finished selecting the jury for the hearing. 12 people out of 600 were selected for the jury trial. Earlier, Tazhayakov’s lawyers requested the court to ask the candidates about their attitude towards Muslims. The lawyers of the defendant also insisted that potential juries were asked whether they had any relatives or acquaintances that were hurt in the Boston bombing to eliminate any possible bias against Tazhayakov.
The hearing start on Monday July 7with introductory speeches from the prosecution and defense.
By Gyuzel Kamalova