09:02 22-10-2014
MAIN Russian
About us On-line subscription
KazakhstanTajikistanUzbekistanKyrgyzstanTurkmenistanWorld
POLITICSBUSINESSINCIDENTSSOCIETYCULTURESPORTANALYSISSCIENCE
Dias Kadyrbayev to plead guilty in obstruction case

Bishkek (AKIpress) - Tsarnaev Dias Kadyrbayev, a college friend of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who is accused of removing evidence from Tsarnaev’s dormitory room, has agreed to plead guilty to federal charges, according to his attorney, Robert Stahl.

Kadyrbayev is scheduled to change his plea Thursday afternoon in US District Court in Boston, according to Stahl and court records. Stahl confirmed the guilty plea, but declined to provide further details before the hearing, the Boston Globe reports.

A trial had been scheduled Sept. 8 for Kadyrbayev, who faces charges of obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

Lawyers for Kadyrbayev were filing motions as recently as Tuesday, and a hearing was already scheduled for Thursday. But it is not unusual for prosecutors and defense lawers to engage in behind-the-scenes plea negotiations while a case is still moving forward.

The change in plea could reduce the severity of Kadyrbayev’s sentence under federal sentencing guidelines.

He is the second of three college friends of Tsarnaev to face trial on charges that they interfered with the investigation into the April 15, 2013, bombing, which killed three and injured more than 260.

Kadyrbayev’s roommate, Azamat Tazhayakov, was convicted by a federal jury earlier this year and faces up to 25 years in federal prison when sentenced in October by US District Court Judge Douglas Woodlock.

A third friend, Cambridge native Robel Phillipos, faces lesser charges of lying to investigators about his whereabouts the night the evidence was allegedly removed. His trial is set for Sept. 29.

During pretrial hearings in the cases against the three men, testimony from some witnesses painted Kadyrbayev as the one who took the lead in taking items from Tsarnaev’s room at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and in tossing Tsarnaev’s backpack into a dumpster.

The backpack held fireworks, a jar of Vaseline, and a thumb drive and was later recovered from a nearby landfill by the FBI. That evidence is likely to be used against Tsarnaev, who faces the death penalty if convicted when he goes to trial in November.

Kadyrbayev exchanged text messages with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the day that the FBI released images of the bombing suspects. The exchange came before Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan, were identified by officials as the primary suspects in the bombing.

During the exchange, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev warned Kadyrbayev not to text him but also told him he could go to his dorm room and take anything he wanted from there.

US Attorney Carmen Ortiz’s office alleges that Kadyrbayev’s actions hampered the investigation into the bombings and the related murder of MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, which was also allegedly committed by the Tsarnaev brothers.


Twitterfacebookprint
10:26 21.08.2014
LATEST NEWS
09:02 Speakers of upper houses of Tajikistan, Russia to sign cooperation agreement08:58 Kyrgyzstan, Sweden hold first ever political consultations in Bishkek17:23 Return on pension assets in Kazakhstan to reach 6.6% by 2014 end - Central Bank17:18 President Atambayev sends objection to anti-GMO bill17:05 17 companies from 12 countries buy kidney beans in Kyrgyzstan17:02 Main problem of Kyrgyz migrants in South Korea is illegal stay – Honorary Consul16:55 Kyrgyz Economy Ministry expects decrease of fuel prices in November16:51 Turkmenistan positioned in world as state with enormous oil, natural gas reserves – Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov16:48 President, Parliament and Government order police to aggressively fight crimes, improve methods of work – Deputy Interior Minister16:43 Russia to transfer $30 million by year-end for Kyrgyzstan's budgetary support16:41 Current dollar/tenge exchange rate safe for Kazakhstan’s economy - Central Bank16:39 Population of Kyrgyzstan expected to reach 6 mln people by 201616:36 Kyrgyzstan's Foreign Ministry to open Honorary Consulates in Canada, Poland16:32 Interior Ministry pays special attention to identification of organized criminal groups, Deputy Interior Minister says16:27 Russia's economic sanctions provide new opportunities for agricultural producers from Kyrgyzstan – Federal Council Chair16:26 Journalists in Kyrgyzstan not taught on Islam-related news coverage – expert16:24 Turkmenistan rapidly emerging as industrially developed country – Turkmen President16:14 Introduction of sharia courts within legal system of Kyrgyzstan suggested16:06 Iran ready to cooperate with Kyrgyzstan in mining, transport sectors16:00 U.S. issues new Ebola treatment protocols
Astana
+5° C
Ashgabat
+16° C
Bishkek
+24° C
Dushanbe
+28° C
Tashkent
+25° C
exchange rates
 
70.74
55.46
9.04
1.36
232.37
181.34
29.63
4.43
6.35
4.99
0.82
0.12
3084.28
2367.40
385.74
61.13
3.65
2.85
0.47
0.07

© AKIpress News Agency - 2001-2014
Use of the AKIpress.com materials must be accompanied by a hyperlink to www.akipress.com
Our address:
Moskovskaya str. 189, Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic
e-mail: english@akipress.org, akipressenglish@gmail.com;
Tel/Fax: +996(312)90-07-75