Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Two Kazakh Students Helped Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Get Rid If Evidence

Dzhokhar (In hoodie) and his Kazakh roomies

Although Dias Kadyrbayez, Azamat Tazhayakova, and Robel Phillipos might not have directly had anything to do with the Boston Bombings, the fact that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's pals knowingly and willingly got rid of evidence makes them complicit and deserving of punishment. The two from Kazakhstan deserve some jail time and then deportation.

Fox news says that according to the FBI,  the three fellow UMass-Dartmouth roomies, after discovering the Tsarnaevs were responsible:

..... allegedly went to Tsarnaev's dorm and took a laptop, the backpack and some Vaseline that may have been used in making the deadly pressure cooker bombs that killed three and injured more than 200 at the race. [snip]

The affidavit filed in support of a complaint said Kadyrbayev was the one who carried out the disposal of the backpack after the three saw the fireworks that had been hollowed out and emptied of gunpowder.

"Kadyrbayev knew when he saw the empty fireworks that Tsarnaev was involved in the Marathon bombing," the affidavit reads. "Kadyrbayev decided to remove the backpack from the room in order to help his friend Tsarnaev avoid trouble."

The three acted on April 18, three days after the bombing and hours after investigators aired surveillance footage identifying Tsarnaev and his older brother Tamerlan as the suspects in the bombing, though not by name, according to authorities. Phillipos first saw footage depicting Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the news Thursday, and told Kadyrbayev over the phone that he suspected their friend was the bomber. When Kadyrbayev later texted Tsarnaev and said he bore a resemblance to the subject of an intense manhunt, Tsarnaev allegedly sent back a chilling response: "Lol, You better not text me." He also texted Kadyrbayev to say "Come to my room and take whatever you want," according to the affidavit.

The Kazakh boys have been charged with obstruction of justice, but I would venture to say they will more than likely be deported, since they were found to be violating their student visas by not attending classes.

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I think it's time universities start taking responsibility for their foreign student population, and report any irregularities to the authorities. In fact, it's time to start regulating from which countries students can get student visas.

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