Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov: Did They Help the Boston Bombers?

Update: According to the Boston Globe, two Kazakh men plus one other now face conspiracy to obstruct justice charges in connection with Boston Marathon bombings.

Two of the three men charged, Dias Kadyrbayev, center, and Azamat Tazhayakov, left, posed with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in a picture taken at Times Square in New York City and posted on Tsarnaev's Twitter account.

As the Boston Globe reports: The two men, Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev, came to America from the Central Asian nation to study at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was also enrolled. The law enforcement official did not release the name of the third person arrested.

Another development in the Boston Marathon bombings case has unfolded, as three more suspects have been brought into custody by Boston authorities.

Brothers Tamerlan (who was killed) and Dzhokhar (who is in custody) Tsarnaev are already linked to the April 15 bombings at the Boston Marathon finish line, which killed three and injured nearly 200 people. While the identities of these latest people arrested have yet to be identified, the public will await confirmation from the FBI for more information on these new developments.

According to CNN, three students have been detained by authorities. Two of the three students reside in New Bedford, Mass., and supposedly have charges pending on lying to police, conspiracy to obstruct justice, and making false statements. With little information provided to the public, all that can be done now is simply to speculate.

CNN interviewed Alan Dershowitz, a Harvard law professor and practicing attorney on the possible relationship the new suspects have to the bombings.

"If they knew about the bombing, if they were involved in the bombing, the charges would be conspiracy to do the acts for which the other man has already been charged. So it sounds like at this point in time the only evidence they have is actions that took place after the bombing," he said.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died in a police shootout and after one of the most high profile manhunts ever, which called for the entire city of Boston to be shutdown, police discovered Dzhokar, 19, hiding underneath a tarp in a boat of a Watertown, Mass., backyard. Dzhokar was later read his Miranda rights as he was recovering in a Massachusetts Hospital from multiple gunshot wounds. If convicted, Dzhokar could face the death penalty.

As of now the three unidentified suspects are believed to be former classmates of Dzhokar, and may have had knowledge of the bombings prior to April 15. With little detail available about these new claims, more speculation is to follow. However it is safe to say that as new information continues to present itself, the Boston Marathon bombings case will be a spectacle for the media and the public.

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Shawna Gillen

Shawna is currently studying Political Science and Psychology at Marist College. She has a passion for politics and is an aspiring lawyer. In her spare time she likes to play club women's rugby, and contributes as the Co-News Editor for Marist's student newspaper.

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