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Prosecutors Seek Seven Years For Kazakh Friend Who Aided Tsarnaev

Federal prosecutors are seeking a seven-year prison sentence for a Kazakh friend of the convicted Boston Marathon bomber who allegedly obstructed a police investigation into the deadly 2013 attack.

Kazakhstan national Dias Kadyrbayev is one of three friends of convicted bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev due to be sentenced next week for interfering with the investigation into the bombing that killed three people and injured 264.

Kadyrbayev, who was in the United States as an exchange student, pleaded guilty in August to obstruction of justice after his roommate and fellow Kazakh exchange student Azamat Tazhayakov was found guilty by a jury of obstructing justice by removing a backpack from Tsarnaev's dorm room three days after the bombing.

Tsarnaev was sentenced to death earlier this month for the attack.

The two Kazakhs visited Tsarnaev's dorm room after the FBI released photos of Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, saying they were suspects in the bombing.

The trio recognized Tsarnaev, but did not alert authorities.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters