Prosecutors: Bombing Suspect's Friend Can Be Released On Bond

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Robel Phillipos, who was arrested last week for allegedly lying to federal agents investigating the Boston Marathon bombings, can be released on bond, prosecutors said this afternoon.

As we've reported, authorities say Phillipos of Cambridge, Mass., and two other 19-year-old friends of suspected bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, played a role in discarding evidence after the blasts took place.

The Boston Globe reports:

"Federal prosecutors said last week they wanted to detain Phillipos because they believed he posed a serious risk of flight.

"But in a document filed by today Phillipos's attorney, Derege B. Demissie, and US Attorney Carmen Ortiz's office, both said they had agreed on a plan to release Phillipos from custody. Under the plan, Phillipos would be under home confinement at a home other than his own, he would wear a monitoring ankle bracelet, and post a secured bond worth $100,000."

The New York Times reports that a federal judge is expected to rule on that motion at an afternoon hearing.

The other two friends — Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, both nationals of Kazakhstan — are due in court May 14.

We'll update this post once Phillipos appears before a judge.

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