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Tazhayakov avoided Tamerlan Tsarnaev: FBI

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's courtroom sketch. Photo ©Associated Press Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's courtroom sketch. Photo ©Associated Press

Kazakhstani student Azamat Tazhayakov, accused of obstructing justice in the Boston bombings case allegedly avoided Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s brother Tamerlan considering him too religiously devout, Tengrinews reports citing The Boston Globe.

FBI agent Timothy Quinn testified that in his witness testimony Tazhayakov said that he refused to read a book on Islam that Tamerlan gave him. Tazhayakov also said that the brothers were very close and a day or two after the bombings in Boston, Dzhokhar went to the bathroom to have a conversation on Skype with his brother. The Kazakh student found his friend’s behavior odd, as Dzhokhar had not been so secretive about his conversations with Tamerlan before.

The Guardian quoted Quinn as saying that Tsarnaev talked to his friends about martyrdom. “Dzhokhar explained that people who die in an act of martyrdom die with a smile on their face and go straight to heaven,” the FBI agent said.

The Kazakhstani student was arrested along with his friend Dias Kadrybaev in April 2013. These two young men are accused of obstructing justice in the Boston bombings case. Earlier, FBI agent Sara Wood testified that Tazhayakov agreed with Kadyrbaev to throw away Tsarnaev’s backpack. In turn, Tazhayakov’s father Amir Ismagulov accused Wood of giving a false testimony.

By Gyuzel Kamalova

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