The events that ensued led to federal charges filed Wednesday against Tazhayakov, Kadyrbayev, and a third friend, Robel Phillipos, who also attended UMass-Darthmouth. They have not been accused of participating in the bombing. Instead, Tazhayakov and Kadyrbayev, who have been in custody since being arrested April 20 on immigration violations, were charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice for knowingly destroying, concealing, and covering up objects belonging to Tsarnaev, namely a backpack containing fireworks and a laptop computer. Phillipos, meanwhile, was charged with making false statements in a terrorism investigation.
An affidavit written in support of the complaints against the three men by FBI special agent Scott Cieplik provided summaries of what the three men told investigators in numerous interviews last month. It also offered a glimpse of Tsarnaev’s actions in the days between the bombing and his April 19 apprehension. The accounts given by the three men differ at various points, especially on questions of timing, but, according to the affidavit, all three admitted to investigators that on the night of April 18 they removed Tsarnaev’s backpack from Tsarnaev’s dorm room, and Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov further admitted that they agreed to get rid of the backpack “after concluding from news reports that Tsarnaev was one of the Boston Marathon bombers.”Seriously. If an emergency should ever befall one of your buds, there is some honor in, perhaps, deep-sixing his spank bank or flushing his stash--but honestly? If said friend is suspected of being a terrorist and you don't find this implausible--this would be where "see something" should equal "say something".
And now you know!