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Lawyers for New Boston Bombing Suspects Deny Charges

The lawyers for Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, two of the three men arrested in connection with the Boston bombings, spoke at a news conference moments ago. Robert Stahl, representing Kadyrbayev, told the press that his client “absolutely denies the charges.”

Stahl did not deny the allegations that his client helped dispose of Tsarnaev’s backpack. He said Kadyrbayev told the FBI about that and said “he did not know that those items were involved in a bombing or of any interest in a bombing.”

“The government allegations as far as he saw a photo and recognized [Dzhokhar Tsarnaev] immediately, we dispute,” he said. “Mr. Kadyrbayev and his family are very sorry for what happened here in Boston.”

Regarding the visa violation, the lawyer said Kadyrbayev is a sophomore studying engineering but was not attending classes regularly.

The lawyer representing Tazhayakov, Harlan Protass, did not answer any questions. He said in a brief statement that his client feels horrible and was shocked to learn that someone he knew was involved. He added that Tazhayakov is cooperating fully with authorities, is honored to study in the United States and feels for the people who suffered in the bombings. 

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