Suspects accused of Boston bombing cover-up deny charges
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 - 01:22
May 1 - Attorneys for two of the men charged with obstructing the investigation into last month's fatal Boston Marathon bombing say their clients deny any wrongdoing. Deborah Gembara reports.
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They didn't plan the deadly marathon bombings but they did interfere with the investigation --- that's what authorities are alleging about three new suspects - in documents filed in a Boston court on Wednesday.
Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev, both 19, are seen here with bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. They are charged with conspiring to obstruct justice. Specifically, they are accused of throwing away a backpack containing fireworks and a laptop belonging to Tsarnaev.
Both men are Kazakhstani nationals. Outside the courthouse, their attorneys addressed the charges.
SOUNDBITE: Robert Stahl, attorney for Dias Kadyrbayev saying:
"Dias Kadyrbayev absolutely denies the charges. As we've said from the very beginning, he assisted the FBI in this investigation. He is just as shocked and horrified by the violence in Boston that took place as the rest of the community is."
SOUNDBITE: Harlan Protass, attorney for Azamat Tazhayakov saying:
"My client, Azamat Tazhayakov, feels horrible and was shocked to hear that someone that he knew at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth was involved with the Boston Marathon bombing, just like many other individuals who were interviewed on campus."
U.S. prosecutors also charged a third man, Robel Phillipos, a U.S. citizen, with making false statements to investigators.
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