A friend of the brothers suspected of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings was accused Friday of obstructing the investigation into the deadly attack by deleting information from his computer and lying to investigators.

Khairullozhon Matanov, 23, appeared in federal court but entered no plea and was being held until a detention hearing Wednesday.

Matanov, a legal resident of the U.S. originally from Kyrgyzstan, destroyed, altered and falsified records in a federal investigation and made false statements, according to U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz’s office. Among the information he deleted from his computer were references to videos and photos of the bombing suspects that were released by the FBI and files that contained violent content or calls to violence.

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