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Attorney says Matanov spoke with investigators

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BOSTON (WHDH) - In court Friday the man accused of obstructing an investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing said he couldn’t afford a lawyer.

Khairullozhon Matanov, 23, spoke before a judge at the federal courthouse in Boston but did not enter a plea. Edward Hayden was assigned to work the case as a public defender for Matanov.

“He is concerned about what prison is going to be like, it may be rough here but it's a lot rougher in Kyrgyzstan and that's what he's thinking he may be facing right now,” Hayden said.

Matanov moved to the United States in 2010 on a student visa, he was also granted political asylum from his native Kyrgyzstan. It is unclear when Matanov first met accused marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

“We have to build our defense, right now I just don't know any explanation for what he did or didn't do. All I know is from what it appears in the affidavit he didn't materially mislead them,” Hayden said.

Court documents allege that Matanov misled investigators about his relationship with suspected bombers.

His attorney says Matanov knew investigators were looking at him but he didn’t expect them to bust into his apartment early Friday morning.

“He didn't go undercover. He lived in the same place, worked in the same job. He wasn't trying to get away,” Hayden said.

Matanov’s parents and two brothers still live in Kyrgyzstan, he also has two brothers living in Russia.
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