Judge: Boston bombing suspect’s pal Matanov a ‘ flight risk’

Khairullozhon Matanov pictured in a Facebook photo. Photo: Facebook
Khairullozhon Matanov pictured in a Facebook photo. Photo: Facebook

A former Quincy cab driver and acquaintance of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was denied bail Monday at a detention hearing in federal court.

Khairullozhon Matanov, 23, has been in U.S. custody since he was arrested in May and charged with obstruction of justice. A judge on Monday said the Kyrgyzstan citizen posed a flight risk because he has friends and family around the world.

Also in federal court Monday, a lawyer for another friend of Tsarnaev says he rejected a plea deal offered to his client who he said “knows he’s not guilty” of obstruction.

Azamat Tazhayakov is accused of removing items from Tsarnaev’s dorm room after the deadly bombing. Tazhayakov’s attorney did not disclose the terms of the plea deal, but said he is confident the 21-year-old will be acquitted.

Jury selection is slated to begin next week in Tazhayakov’s trial.

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