Federal authorities on Thursday indicted two teenagers from Kazakhstan on charges that they obstructed the federal investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing.
Prosecutors allege that Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, both 19, worked together to retrieve accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s backpack and computer from his dormitory room and discard it in the garbage outside of their apartment building.
The men were former students at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth living legally on student visas in New Bedford, Mass. The government says the two were friends of Tsarnaev’s, who officials have charged with planning and carrying out the bombing that killed three people and wounded 260 others.
According to the Justice Department, Tsarnaev texted Kadyrbayev several days after the bombing asking him to go to Tsarnaev’s “room and take what’s there.” The backpack was filled with fireworks, according to the DOJ.
Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov face up to 20 years in prison if they’re convicted of the obstruction of justice charge, and up to five years in jail on the conspiracy count, along with a $250,000 fine. They also face the possibility of being deported.