Alleged Boston Liar Released on House Arrest

Robel Phillipos will have to wear GPS bracelet under deal

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted May 6, 2013 11:45 AM CDT | Updated May 6, 2013 3:39 PM CDT

(Newser) – Robel Phillipos, the Massachusetts teen who is accused of lying to investigators about the activities of friends Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev in the aftermath of the Boston bombing, has been released under house arrest until his trial begins after posting $100,000 bail, NBC reports. Reuters reports that prosecutors "conferred extensively" with the defense today, and the two sides filed a joint motion asking the judge to OK a pre-trial release for the 19-year-old at this afternoon's hearing, so long as strict conditions are met. Phillipos will be clad with a GPS-enabled electronic bracelet, live at the home of his mother and submit to drug testing.

Meanwhile, the Telegram & Gazette reports that a Massachusetts community activist has deposited $500 into a fund he's starting in order to send Tamerlan Tsarnaev's body back to Russia. William Breault thinks it'll cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $3,000 to $7,000 to ship the body to Kyrgyzstan or Dagestan. "I don't look at it as I'm helping his family," says Breault. "I look at it as I'm helping the citizens of Boston, Worcester, and this state move on from this problem." (Breault says there's some buzz Tamerlan's body could be bound for a Worcester location.) Click for more on "this problem."

This courtroom sketch shows signed by artist Jane Flavell Collins defendant Robel Phillipos appearing in front of Federal Magistrate Marianne Bowler at the Moakley Federal Courthouse, May 1, 2013.
This courtroom sketch shows signed by artist Jane Flavell Collins defendant Robel Phillipos appearing in front of Federal Magistrate Marianne Bowler at the Moakley Federal Courthouse, May 1, 2013.   (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)
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