Tsarnaev Pal Guilty of Impeding Boston Inquiry
Azamat Tazhayakov convicted of obstruction of justice
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 21, 2014 12:43 PM CDT
In this May 13, 2014 file courtroom sketch, Azamat Tazhayakov, a college friend of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, sits during a hearing in federal court in Boston.   (Jane Flavell Collins)

(Newser) – A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been convicted of impeding the investigation into the attack. Azamat Tazhayakov was found guilty today of obstruction of justice and conspiracy. Prosecutors say he agreed with a friend who removed Tsarnaev's backpack from his dorm room several days after the 2013 bombing. The backpack contained altered fireworks.

Tazhayakov's lawyers argued that the other friend removed the items from the dorm room at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth and then threw them away. Prosecutors told the jury that both men shared in the decision to get rid of the items to protect Tsarnaev. The friend, Dias Kadyrbayev, faces a separate trial in September. Tazhayakov faces up to 25 years in prison, notes the Boston Globe; sentencing is set for October.

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Jul 22, 2014 3:26 AM CDT
It is interesting that this story is being run on the same page the story about the FBI setting people up to be terrorists and then convicting them. It is known and was stated by the mother of two brothers that the FBI was in contact with the brothers for a year before the bombing. They used to call them on the telephone. There is nothing that isn't fishy about all the facts and events of this bombing incident and the way the FBI has been treating suspects.
Jul 21, 2014 6:59 PM CDT
His head is round isn't it? lets see it rollllll
Jul 21, 2014 1:38 PM CDT
Give him the full 25 years with no parole. This guy is dangerous to America.