LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Robel Phillipos has been freed from custody in the Boston bombings case. Robel Phillipos (photos below) was set to appear in court today. But prosecutors have agreed to release him from custody pending trial. Robel Phillipos is still charged with allegedly misleading investigators in the case. Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev, however, are still being held.
The complaint obtained against Robel Phillipos claimed that he was “another friend of Tsarnaev” and that he “knowingly and willfully made material false statements to federal law enforcement investigators during a terrorism investigation.” But prosecutors might be seeking to settle their case with the teen this week.
Robel Phillipos has now been released on a $100,000 bond, and will remain in home confinement with an ankle bracelet monitoring devise. “Since the initial appearance, the parties have conferred extensively and now agree that the court can fashion strict conditions of release that will reasonably assure the defendant’s appearance at future proceedings,” a joint stipulation states, filed with the court today.
The next hearing on his case is May 16. But the parties are hoping to resolve the matter. Phillipos is bilingual in Amharic and English but does not speak Russia. Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev are accused of speaking Russian in Phillipos’ presence before removing evidence in the case.
The complaint claimed that a confession was finally given on April 26, 2013 allegedly by Robel Phillipos. It assets that he allegedly “confessed that he lied to the agents during his previous interview. He was then re-interviewed and an agent prepared a written statement based on the interview.”
Azamat Tazhayakov, Dias Kadyrbayev, Robel Phillipos