Man Charged with Impeding Marathon Bombing Probe

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

BOSTON (AP) - Federal prosecutors have charged a Massachusetts man with obstructing the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings.

Prosecutors said Friday that 23-year-old Khairullozhon Matanov of Quincy is charged with destroying, altering and falsifying records in a federal investigation, and with making false statements in a federal investigation.

Authorities say that in the days after the April 2013 bombings, 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.

He's not accused of participating in the bombings or knowing about them in advance.

Matanov is scheduled to appear in court Friday afternoon.

It wasn't clear if he had a lawyer, and his phone number couldn't immediately be located.


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