Dias Kadyrbayev from Kazakhstan Charged With Obstruction in the Boston Marathon Bombing Aftermath
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Four days after the horrific Boston Marathon bombing, Dias Kadyrbayev, a 19-year-old college student from Kazakhstan studying at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, was taken into custody by federal authorities.
Kadyrbayev was one of three college students who knew marathon-bomber Dzokhar Tsarnaev. Kadyrbayev and the other student from Kazakhstan were charged with obstruction. The other Kazakh student was convicted at trial.
Kadyrbayev, Mr. Stahl’s client, entered a plea in August 2014 after extensive motions and hearings. Sentencing for both students from Kazakhstan has been postponed pending a U.S. Supreme Court decision on an unrelated case that could impact favorably on both their cases.
Both men remain detained in jail pending the outcome of the Supreme Court hearing and / or their sentencing. The third student, a U.S. citizen was charged with lying to authorities and convicted at trial. He remains free on bail pending sentencing.
Attorney Stahl, whose law firm has offices in New York City and New Jersey, was retained to represent Kadyrbayev after his arrest. The young man continues to be detained in the same small that cell he has occupied since being taken into custody in April 2013.
In August 2013 Kadyrbayev and the other student from Kazakhstan were indicted by a Boston Federal Grand Jury for conspiracy to obstruct justice and obstruction. A superseding September 2013 indictment added charges of lying to federal authorities against the third student, who is a U.S. citizen.
From the moment he was taken into custody by federal auhorities Kadyrbayev has been represented by defense attorney Stahl who had argued before the plea that the young man’s inexperience with the English language, and being raised in a former Soviet bloc country where police can be brutal, contributed to statements the young man made to authorities without the benefit of counsel.
Mr. Stahl had argued that Kadyrbayev cooperated fully with authorities when he was taken into custody, and at no time had any idea that the Tsarnaev brothers planned the horrific bombing.
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