Attorney Robert G Stahl Dias Kadyrbayev - August 13 Arraignment in Boston Federal Court
Dias Kadyrbayev Arraignment , Boston U.S. District Court
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"After Tuesday's brief court hearing, Kadyrbayev's lawyer, Robert Stahl, said his client "had no intent to assist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev." An ethnic Chechen, Tsarnaev spoke Russian like Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov."
"'As Dias' family prays for the victims, they also pray for justice for their son, a law-abiding college student whose only crime was befriending a fellow student who spoke his more comfortable native language,' Stahl said later Tuesday in a statement, insisting his client 'fully cooperated' with authorities right after they approached him."
"Kadyrbayev's attorney Robert Stahl described him in a statement after the arraignment as 'a law-abiding college student whose only crime was befriending a fellow student who spoke his more comfortable native language.'
"He said Kadyrbayev and Tsarnaev's other friends at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth were 'shocked to learn that someone they knew was involved in this terrible bombing.'
'We look forward to the evidence eventually proving that Dias did not obstruct justice, nor knowingly or intentionally take evidence from Dzohkhar Tsarnaev's dorm room,' Stahl said. 'He and his family hope that the tragedy and sheer violence of the bombing will not blind justice; that the American justice system will prevail; and that his innocence will be proven at trial.'
"Kadyrbayev, who is being held in jail on 24-hour lockdown, gave police the computer from Tsarnaev's dorm room and told police where they could find the backpack with the packet of fireworks, Stahl said.
"'Dias comes from a former Soviet-bloc region where police routinely are distrusted. Yet when authorities first approached him, he fully cooperated and for nearly 12 hours over two days Dias answered the FBI's questions without an attorney or a Kazakh Consular official present.
"'The FBI recovered all of the items because of Dias' complete cooperation with their investigation,' Stahl said.
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