Defense of Kazakh student charged of Boston case to appeal for trial venue to be moved
Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug. 14 / Trend E. Kosolapova/
The defense team for Kazakhstan's student Azamat Tazhayakov, who together with his friend Diaz Kadyrbaev is charged of obstructing justice in the investigation of the Boston attack and conspiracy to destroy evidence in the room of one of the alleged executors of the terrorist attack Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, will make a formal request to have the trial moved, RIA-Novosti reported.
"The defense is to make a request for the transfer of the case to another state. I do not think the people in this city can be impartial to my son. The issue is not that we do not trust the Bostonians. However, so many people were affected here and public opinion has been created. Meanwhile, according to U.S. law, the jury should have no prior opinions," Tazhayakov's father Amir Ismagulov said, who is in Boston to attend the hearing which started on Tuesday.
Earlier Tazhayakov and Kardybaev were read out charges at the court and neither of the accused pleaded guilty.
"We are working on a petition to postpone the hearing and move it from Boston to another state," Tazhayakov's lawyer Arkady Bukh said.
The two 19 year old Kazakh citizens who came to the U.S. to study face a maximum sentence of up to 25 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.
Dual bombings at the Boston Marathon killed three spectators and wounded more than 250 others on April 15. Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were charged of organising a terrorist attack.