U.S. prosecutors on Wednesday charged two men with destroying evidence after the Boston Marathon attacks and a third man with lying to investigators about his involvement in the matter.
Federal prosecutors in Boston filed criminal complaints against Dias Kadyrbayev, 19 years old, and Azamat Tazhayakov, 19, both friends of accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, charging them with conspiracy to obstruct justice by conspiring to destroy or conceal evidence in the case. The two men are nationals of Kazakhstan and were detained April 20 on suspected immigration violations.
Prosecutors alleged the two helped dispose of a laptop computer and backpack containing fireworks belonging to Mr. Tsarnaev. A third person charged, Robel Phillipos, a 19-year-old U.S. citizen, is accused of lying to federal investigators.