Man charged with impeding marathon bombing probe

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

BOSTON (AP) -- A friend of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects has made his first court appearance on charges of obstructing the investigation into the deadly attack.

The friend, 23-year-old Khairullozhon Matanov, of Quincy, was arrested at his apartment Friday morning. Hours later in federal court in Boston, he answered questions from a magistrate judge, saying he's from Kyrgyzstan. He's been appointed a lawyer after he said he couldn't afford one. He hasn't been asked to enter a plea.

Authorities say that in the days after the bombing last year, Matanov realized the FBI would want to talk with him because he knew the suspects and shared their "philosophical justification for violence." He's accused of deleting information from his computer and lying to investigators.

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