Kazakhstan says it is cooperating with US authorities in bombing probe
WASHINGTON -- The Kazakhstan foreign minister’s office said Thursday that the government was cooperating with US law enforcement authorities on the investigation into two citizens who were charged Wednesday in the case related to the Boston Marathon bombings.
“As we have repeatedly stressed, Kazakhstan strongly condemns any form of terrorism,” the statement read. “The Kazakhstan side is cooperating with the U.S. law enforcement bodies in their investigation.”
The brief statement also outlined the charges against Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, who were both charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice. They allegedly disposed of a backpack and a laptop that they found in the dorm room of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is accused of planning and executing the Boston bombings.
“We would like to emphasize that our citizens did not receive charges of involvement in the organization of Boston marathon bombings,” the Kazakhstan foreign minister’s office said. “They were charged with destroying evidence.”
The foreign minister’s office also said that Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov were receiving “the necessary consular assistance” but did not elaborate on what that assistance might entail.
“Their guilt has not been proven and the investigation is ongoing,” the statement read.
The Kazakhstan embassy in Washington also notes on its web site that a large city of the former Soviet republic recently held a charity marathon that honored the Boston Marathon victims.
Kadyrbayev, who is accused of trying to get rid of key evidence, is from Almaty, where the charity marathon was held.
“The event started at 8 a.m. with a moment of silence in memory of the Boston explosion victims,” the Kazakhstan embassy statement said. “Before opening the sporting event, Akhmetzhan Yessimov, Almaty mayor, expressed his condolences to families of those killed and injured at the Boston Marathon.”Matt Viser can be reached at email@example.com.