With the mother of the 19-year-old Cambridge man looking on, a federal magistrate judge today ordered Robel Phillipos released on bail while awaiting trial on a charge that he lied to federal agents investigating the Boston Marathon terror bomb attacks.
Phillipos was arrested by federal authorities last week, along with two men from Kazakhstan, as investigators continued to probe the movements of suspected bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Phillipos and the two Kazakh men were friends with Tsarnaev at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Phillipos appeared before US Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler this afternoon wearing the bright orange jumper of a pretrial detainee from the Essex County sheriff’s department, and appeared calmer than when he first appeared in court last week. At that time, he was wearing a blue-and-white-striped T-shirt, glanced anxiously around the courtroom and was admonished by Bowler at one point for not paying attention to her.
Bowler approved an agreement between US Attorney Carmen Ortiz’s office and Phillipos’s attorney, Derege B. Demissie, requiring Phillipos to be under home confinement at a home other than his own, wear a monitoring ankle bracelet, and post a secured bond worth $100,000.
Phillipos is accused of lying to federal agents when they questioned him about the disposal of items from Tsarnaev’s dorm room in the days after the April 15 bombings that killed three people and wounded more than 260.
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