Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 2 October 2014

Boston bomb suspect's friend bailed

A Department of Homeland Security official walks with a bomb-sniffing dog at the federal court, in Boston (AP/Steven Senne)

A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been released from federal custody while he awaits trial for allegedly lying to federal investigators probing the April 15 bombings.

Robel Phillipos was charged last week and faces up to eight years in prison if convicted.

The 19-year-old was a student at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with Tsarnaev.

Prosecutors initially asked that Phillipos be held while he awaits trial, arguing that he poses a serious flight risk.

But prosecutors and Phillipos's lawyers said in a joint motion they now agree that Phillipos can be released under strict conditions, including home confinement, monitoring with an electronic bracelet and a 100,000 US dollars (£64,000) secured bond.

Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler agreed to the request.

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