Legal action in the United States against two students from Kazakhstan who are charged with obstruction of justice in the Boston Marathon bombings case faces delays, according to one of the suspect's lawyer.
Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, both aged 19, are accused of trying to destroy evidence potentially implicating Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the two men accused of perpetrating the April 15 bombings, which killed three people and left more than 180 injured.
The FBI claims that the two students threw away a rucksack belonging to Tsarnaev with fireworks and a laptop inside. Police found the rucksack and its contents inside a dumpster.
Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov, who pleaded guilty, may face prison terms of up to five years and fines up to $250,000.
"There was to be a deadline [in July] when we were due to appear before a judge and he was to compile a schedule detailing would hold the hearings, write petitions and so on and when this would all be done," Arkady Bukh, Tazhayakov's lawyer, told Interfax by phone.
But "even this deadline is being moved to August," he said. "It isn't one of the days of the hearing, it's the day of making a formal appearance [in court]," he said.
Bukh said that currently the prosecution and defense were in talks discussing the case. "After lengthy negotiations with the prosecution, the defense doesn't believe that any case has been put together against our client that makes sense," he said.
The other alleged Boston Marathon bomber, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Dzhokhar's brother, was killed by police attempting to arrest him.
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