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Bombing suspect’s friend charged

Published: Friday, Aug. 30, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

WASHINGTON – A friend of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday on charges of lying seven times to the FBI about what happened to Tsarnaev’s laptop computer and backpack containing fireworks.

Robel K. Phillipos of Cambridge, Mass., was charged with two counts of making false and misleading statements about a purported attempt by two other friends to get rid of the incriminating evidence in the April terrorist attack, in which three people were killed.

Phillipos was arrested with the two other Tsarnaev friends, who also have been indicted, but Phillipos was released on bail.

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