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Federal prosecutors have just released some of the evidence against Dias Kadyrbayev, a friend of accused marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
The 20-year-old is hoping to have statements he made to FBI agents thrown out before his case goes to trial.
The defense says even though he was a UMass Dartmouth student his primary language was Russian and he didn't understand English very well when he was being questioned by investigators.
In a class essay Kadyrbayev discussed the challenges he faced.
"At first I was struggling with the language. I understood most of everything people were saying, it was just harder to speak and write. Gradually, I started meeting new people and over time, my English improved,” he wrote.
One email to a school official was riddled with grammar and spelling mistakes.
"I am really really soory that I didnt come to our meeting, but I have reasons for that. My mum is coming, and I was searching for a place to live in Cambridge for her," He wrote
Kadyrbayev told authorities that after the attack at the finish line he and another friend went to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's dorm room and took Tsarnaev's backpack containing fireworks and threw it in a trash bin. Investigators later found those items in a local landfill.
Prosecutors also released text messages Kadyrbayev exchanged with friends and family including Tsarnaev; some are from the day of the attack.
Many of them were written in English and that's the prosecution's main argument.
Dias spoke English and he wrote texts and emails in English so, they say, he knew exactly what he was saying to investigators when they were questioning him.
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