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Man charged with obstructing investigation in marathon bombing

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People in protective suits investigate one of the blast sites on Boylston Street near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. AP Photo/Elise Amendola People in protective suits investigate one of the blast sites on Boylston Street near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. AP Photo/Elise Amendola

BOSTON (AP) -- Federal prosecutors have charged a Massachusetts man with obstructing the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings.

Khairullozhon Matanov, 23, is charged with destroying, altering and falsifying records in a federal investigation, and with making false statements in a federal investigation. Matanov is a Kyrgyzstan national who lives in Quincy.

Authorities say that in the days after the April 2013 bombings, Matanov realized the FBI would want to talk with him because he knew the suspects and shared their "philosophical justification for violence." He's accused of deleting information from his computer and lying to investigators.

He's not accused of participating in the bombings or knowing about them in advance.

Matanov is scheduled to appear in court Friday afternoon.

Paul Glickman, listed as Matanov's lawuer on court documents, didn't immediately return a phone message left at his office. A phone number for Matanov couldn't immediately be located.

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