Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Tsarnaev Friend Pleads Not Guilty To Obstruction

((HT: MyFoxBoston))

Prosecutors describe a cab driver form suburban Boston, Khairullozhon Matanov, as a friend of the Tsarnaev brothers- who are suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013. Matanov is accused of obstructing the bombing investigation.

They also maintained in court this morning that Matanov sent thousands of dollars overseas under six different names and may have helped out the Tsarnaev brothers before the bombings. The indictment against Matanov says that the state believes he “knowingly altered, destroyed, concealed, and covered up records, documents, and tangible objects, specifically, information on his computer, with the intent to impede, obstruct, and influence an investigation.”

Matanov pleaded not guilty in federal court today to charges of making false statements to investigators, and destroying, altering, and falsifying documents. His next appearance in court is July 15th.

Here's discussion during the proceeding from Boston
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Prosecutors argued that Matanov was a "flight risk" and should be held in jail. Matanov's attorney said that he did not object to being held in jail because his client has nowhere to live and doesn't have his own transportation.

The full indictment can be seen here, thanks to our friends at

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