Giuliani: Boston suspects’ friends could have prevented MIT officer’s murder

“They were aware by 6, 7 o’clock that night that these two guys were the bombers. If they had done what decent young men should do, which is call the police, given the focus of that investigation, given the number of resources the FBI had brought, the Boston police, given how effective they were investigating, they would have gotten these guys in an hour or two,” he continued.

Dias Kadyrbayev, 19, and Azamat Tazhayakov, 19, friends of the suspected bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, are accused of conspiring to conceal a laptop and a backpack of fireworks that may have been used to set up the attacks. The Justice Department also charged a third teen, Robel Phillipos, 19, with making false statements to investigators.

The suspects detonated pressure cookers packed with shrapnel at the Boston Marathon last month, killing three and wounding dozens. They later killed MIT officer Collier, wounded another officer, carjacked a civilian and led law enforcement on a daylong manhunt that shut down much of the Boston area. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed after a shootout, but his brother is in custody and charged with using a weapon of mass destruction. 

The three teens arrested on Wednesday were roommates and acquaintances of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The charges filed said the teens suspected their friends were responsible for the bombing after seeing news reports. However, instead of notifying authorities, they went to the dorm room of a suspect and removed evidence, according to the criminal complaint.

“I would charge as predicate acts of conspiracy the murder of officer Collier, the shooting of the other officer and the kidnapping all of which were foreseeable consequences of them joining a conspiracy to help those guys flee,” he continued. “That’s what they are joining right?”

“I’d be seeking 20, 30 years in jail,” Giuliani added.

A lawyer for one of the suspects said his client had not intended to conceal evidence, but Giuliani was skeptical of that defense.

“You don’t do this just to help a friend. You don’t help a friend who just killed an 8-year-old boy,” said Giuliani in reference to Martin Richard, a young boy killed in the bombings. 

“You don’t help a friend who just bombed a city. You do this because there’s some sort of ideological connection, some joining of the cause. I don’t accept the fact this is just three kids helping a friend, helping a friend who just bombed a city?”

Giuliani said investigators would probe the three teens for other connections to the bombing plot.

“They want to know the whole network. It’s hard to believe they did this all on their own,” he said of the Tsarnaev brothers.