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Bomb suspect friend on lies charge

A friend of the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect has been indicted for allegedly making false statements to authorities, prosecutors in the US said.

Authorities say Robel Phillipos faces up to 16 years in prison in connection with two federal criminal counts.

Following his arrest in May, a judge ordered the 19-year-old to be released on a 100,000 US dollars (£64,430) bail bond on one count of lying to authorities.

Phillipos met bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev while they were students at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Phillipos's lawyer was not immediately available for comment. His attorneys have said they were in talks which could resolve the case.

Two other friends have pleaded not guilty to allegations that they conspired to obstruct justice by agreeing to destroy and conceal some of Tsarnaev's belongings as he evaded authorities after the April 15 bombing.

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