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UPDATE: Marathon suspect's friend weighing testimony

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BOSTON (AP) _ Lawyers for a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are consulting with their client to decide whether he should take the witness stand at a hearing on his motion to suppress statements he made to authorities.

Dias Kadyrbayev is accused of removing items from Tsarnaev's dorm room at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth several days after the bombings.

The native of Kazakhstan said his English was not proficient enough for him to understand the written forms he signed that explained his right to remain silent and to speak to a lawyer.

He also said he was intimidated while authorities questioned him.

During cross-examination, prosecutors showed Kadyrbayev emails, text messages and a college application, all written by him in English.

(C) The Associated Press 2014
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