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Boston Marathon bombing suspect's friend pleads guilty

Published on Aug 22, 2014 6:41 AM

BOSTON (AFP) - A college friend of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded guilty on Thursday to removing evidence of the deadly 2013 attack.

Dias Kadyrbayev, 20, is accused of removing a backpack containing a laptop and fireworks casings emptied of gunpowder that can be used to make bombs from Tsarnaev's dorm room after realising his friend was suspected of carrying out the attack.

"He made an error in judgment that he is paying for dearly," attorney Robert Stahl said after the hearing in US District Court in Boston.

Prosecutors said Kadyrbayev and another Tsarnaev friend, Azamat Tazhayakov, took the backpack and its contents just hours after the FBI released photographs of Tsarnaev and his brother Tamerlan as suspects in the bombings.

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