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Khairullozhon Matanov: Man accused of hindering Boston marathon bombing search

A man named Khairullozhon Matanov was recently arrested on charges of hindering the official search and investigation made by law enforcement authorities following the tragic Boston marathon bombings. Matanov is said to have been a close friend of the two brothers who remain prime suspects in executing the devastating attack during the celebrated running event. MSN Now reveals this Friday, May 30, that the 23-year-old man is now in police custody and awaits trial in a U.S. District Court located in local Boston this Friday.

Man accused of hindering Boston Marathon bombings search
Man accused of hindering Boston Marathon bombings search
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In addition to other pending charges, Khairullozhon Matanov of Quincy has been accused this week of obstructing justice, including that of the formal search and investigation into the shocking Boston marathon bombings that left several Americans killed and well over a hundred other victims injured in the blast. He was set to make an appearance in court this Friday for judicial proceedings.

Matanov is allegedly behind the purposeful destruction and alteration of numerous records retrieved during the federal inquiry into the bombings. The 23-year-old remains a legal U.S. resident that came years ago from Kyrgyzstan. According to the report, the arrested suspect is also charged with falsifying statements and making bogus admissions to federal authorities during the investigation itself.

Shortly after the initial reports were released, Heavy News also noted this week that it is important the public is aware that Khairullozhon Matanov is not charged in any direct way with being involved in the actual Boston marathon bombings — or even knowing about the deadly attack prior to its occurrence. He is at this time accused mainly of hindering the federal authorities' search and inquiries. However, it remains unknown whether future charges might be held against the 23-year-old, as a spokesperson for the prosecutorial team has not commented yet on that front.

It seems that Matanov was “previously connected” and good friends with both Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The Tsarnaev’s are believed to have planted the two deadly bombs that left victims at the Boston marathon either injured or dead on that tragic day. Federal prosecutors said that Khairullozhon Matanov was prepared to hide evidence and hinder the investigation because he agreed with the “philosophical justification for violence” that the original suspects held.

Less than an hour after the bombings occurred, the report adds that Matanov was contacted by Tamerlan Tsarnaev so that the two might catch up and have dinner together. It was allegedly said during that meal that justification for the bombings could be made if it was done for a “good” reason, such as the extremist belief in Islam. At the time, Matanov was apparently in support of the Boston marathon bombing, or at least the "cause" behind them.

"In the days following the bombings, Matanov continued to express support for the bombings, although later that week he said that maybe the bombings were wrong," the indictment finished.