Mass. man charged with impeding marathon bombing probe

This courtroom sketch shows defendants Azamat Tazhayakov, left, Dias Kadyrbayev, center, and Robel Phillipos, right, college friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, during a hearing in federal court Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in Boston. Judge Douglas Woodlock ruled the three men will be tried separately, but their trials do not need to be moved out of Massachusetts. Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov are Kazakhstan nationals charged with tampering with evidence for removing Tsarnaev's laptop and a backpack containing fireworks from his college dorm room shortly after last year's fatal bombing. Phillipos, of Cambridge, Mass., is charged with lying to investigators. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)

BOSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged a Massachusetts man with obstructing the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings.

Prosecutors said Friday that 23-year-old Khairullozhon Matanov of Quincy is charged with destroying, altering and falsifying records in a federal investigation, and with making false statements in a federal investigation.

Authorities say that in the days after the April 2013 bombings, Matanov realized the FBI would want to talk with him because he knew the suspects and shared their “philosophical justification for violence.” He’s accused of deleting information from his computer and lying to investigators.

He’s not accused of participating in the bombings or knowing about them in advance.

Matanov is scheduled to appear in court Friday afternoon.

It wasn’t clear if he had a lawyer, and his phone number couldn’t immediately be located.

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