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Published: May 01, 2013 11:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal law enforcement official says one of three young men arrested in the Boston Marathon bombings case was allowed to return to the U.S. from Kazakhstan in January despite not having a valid student visa.

The Department of Homeland Security says U.S. Customs and Border Protection had not been notified that Azamat Tazhayakov (AHZ'-maht tuh-ZAYE'-uh-kov) was no longer a student.

The FBI accuses him of helping remove a laptop and backpack from the bombing suspect's dormitory room before the FBI searched it.

The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth says Tazhayakov (AHZ'-maht tuh-ZAYE'-uh-kov) has been suspended "pending the outcome of the case." He and Dias Kadyrbayev (DYE'-us kad-uhr-BYE-ev) are charged with conspiring to obstruct justice.

Robel Phillipos was charged with making false statements.

The university says Kadyrbayez and Phillipos aren't enrolled.

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