“Prosecutors have alleged Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov went to Tsarnaev’s college dorm room days after the gruesome double bombings, and took his laptop computer and a backpack that contained fireworks. Kadyrbayev later threw the items in a dumpster with Tazhayakov’s agreement, prosecutors charge.” Slate, ever ready to carry water for jihad murderers, is saying they shouldn’t get 25 years in prison for this. Indeed. They should get more than that. They are not “collateral damage” of the bombing. They knew Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had committed the murders when they helped him. For even Slate admits: “According to authorities, they admitted that they took a backpack from Tsarnaev’s dorm room containing, among other things, emptied fireworks and Vaseline, and admitted that they agreed to ‘get rid of it’ after seeing news reports with photographs identifying Tsarnaev as one of the marathon bombers.”
“Accused bomber’s buddies plead not guilty,” by Christine McConville for the Boston Herald, August 13:
The college buddies of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are being held without bail after both pleaded not guilty today to charges they interfered with the federal probe into the April 15 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260.
Kazakhstan nationals Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov are charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice and obstructing justice with the intent to impede the bombing investigation.
In a brief hearing this afternoon in U.S. District Court in Boston, the pair, both 19, were shackled and wearing bright orange Essex County jumpsuits. After silently acknowledging their families in the courtroom, they stood before Judge Marianne Bowler and quietly entered their not guilty pleas.
Prosecutors have alleged Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov went to Tsarnaev’s college dorm room days after the gruesome double bombings, and took his laptop computer and a backpack that contained fireworks. Kadyrbayev later threw the items in a dumpster with Tazhayakov’s agreement, prosecutors charge.
Prosecutors today said they anticipate a two-week trial, and will call 15 to 20 witnesses. Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov are due back in court Sept. 26 for a pre-trial hearing.
The April 15 attack killed three people and wounded more than 260. Authorities say Tsarnaev orchestrated the attack with his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died in a subsequent police shootout.
Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov attended UMass Dartmouth with Tsarnaev, and lived in New Bedford.
The men have been in custody since their May 1 arrest.
If convicted, Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov face up to 25 years in prison, and possible deportation….