Another winner Muslim immigrant: Boston Marathon bombers’ friend to be charged with obstructing investigation

Investigators survey the site of a bomb blast on Boylston Street a day after two explosions hit the Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts on April 16, 2013

A Massachusetts man who knew the brothers suspected of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings was charged on Friday with obstructing the investigation into the deadly bombings.

Khairullozhon Matanov, 23, of Quincy, destroyed, altered and falsified records in a federal investigation, and made false statements in a federal investigation, federal prosecutors said.

Matanov, a legal resident of the U.S. originally from Kyrgyzstan, is not accused of participating in the bombings or of knowing about them in advance.

Matanov knew Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and in the days after the April 2013 bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260, Matanov realized the FBI would want to talk with him because he shared their “philosophical justification for violence,” prosecutors said.

He talked to the brothers on numerous occasions after the bombings, and even took them out to dinner the day of the explosions, they said.

“In the days following the bombings, Matanov continued to express support for the bombings, although later that week he said that maybe the bombings were wrong,” the indictment said.

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