Criminal Charges Of Conspiracy To Obstruct Justice Filed Against Three Friends Of Tsarnaev

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Source: Pete Williams, Richard Esposito, Michael Isikoff and Tracy Connor / NBC News

Three college friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were charged Wednesday with removing items from his dorm room and lying about it to the feds.

They have been charged with conspiring to obstruct justice and making false statements, federal authorities said. A hearing was scheduled for sometime after 3 p.m. in Boston.

Two of them, Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev, were detained April 20 on immigration charges, sources said. A third person, Robel Philipos, was later taken into custody, sources said.

The men allegedly recognized Dzhokhar, 19, from video of the bombing scene released by the FBI and went to his dorm room at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, where they were let in by his roommate.

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