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Friend Of Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Goes On Trial

A Kazakh man charged with obstructing the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing and joining a conspiracy with bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has gone on trial.

Azamat Tazhayakov, 20, could face 25 years in prison if convicted of the charges. He has pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors accuse Tazhayakov and another fellow Kazakh student, Dias Kadyrbaev, of removing items from Tsarnaev's university dormitory room several days after the April 15, 2013, bombing.

Kadyrbaev faces trial in September. A third college friend, Robel Phillipos, is accused of lying to authorities.

Tazhayakov's defense lawyer told a Boston court jury on July 7 that his client never intended to help Tsarnaev.

Tsarnaev is accused of working with his older brother, Tamerlan, to carry out the bombing, which killed three people and injured 264.

His trial is scheduled for November.Tamerlan was killed in a shootout with police.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters

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