Uzbek Man Charged in U.S. With Terrorism Conspiracy
By Edvard Pettersson – May 17, 2013 12:01 AM ET
An Uzbek national living in Boise,Idaho, faces U.S. charges that he conspired to support a terrorist organization, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, and taught others how to make bombs.
Fazliddin Kurbanov, 30, was arrested yesterday on federal charges filed in Boise and in Salt Lake City, according to a Justice Department statement. In Idaho he’s charged with conspiring to provide material support to the Uzbek movement and in Utah he’s charged with providing instructions on how to build improvised explosive devices.
“One of our highest priorities is disrupting potential acts of terrorism,” David Barlow, the U.S. attorney in Salt Lake City, said in the statement. “The coordinated investigation, arrest, and indictments in this case demonstrate the commitment of all involved to do just that.”
Kurbanov is scheduled to make his initial court appearance today and prosecutors expect that a lawyer for him will be appointed at that time, Deborah Bertram, a spokeswoman for theFederal Bureau of Investigation in Salt Lake City, said in an e-mail.
Kurbanov faces a possible sentence of 45 years in prison on the Idaho charges if convicted and 20 years in the Utah case.
The Idaho case is U.S. v. Kurbanov, 13-0120, U.S. District Court, District of Idaho (Boise).
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