Skip to comments.Uzbek citizen arrested in Idaho, accused of supporting militants
Posted on 05/16/2013 6:19:36 PM PDT by markomalley
U.S. officials charged an Uzbek citizen in Idaho with providing bomb-making knowledge and other support to an Islamist militant group, knowing that it would be used in an attack, authorities said on Thursday.
Fazliddin Kurbanov, 30, a national of Uzbekistan living legally in Idaho, was arrested in Boise and faces a three-count grand jury indictment in Idaho and a single-count indictment in Utah, prosecutors said.
They said Kurbanov provided information and money to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, which the United States has designated as a foreign terrorist organization. The group supports establishing strict Islamic rule in Uzbekistan.
Authorities said Kurbanov's activities were closely monitored and any potential threat had been contained.
(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...
Release him. Right now!!!
Just let everyone within a few hundred miles know where and when.
And schedule the policeman’s ball and donut tasting on the other side of town at that time..... They’ll know what to do in Idaho :-)
Bet the Russians tipped them off and this time they listened.
I wonder if the only reason why this guy turned up on the radar was because he was in Idaho.
Then WTF are they still doing on US soil?
NOTE The following text is a quote:
Boise Man Arrested; Terrorism Charges Filed in Idaho and Utah
Suspect Allegedly Conspired to Provide Support to Terrorist Organization; Demonstrated the Making and Use of Explosive Devices
U.S. Department of Justice
May 16, 2013
Office of Public Affairs
BOISE, IDFazliddin Kurbanov, 30, was arrested Thursday morning in Boise, Idaho as part of a federal terrorism investigation. Federal terrorism charges were filed Thursday afternoon in Boise and Salt Lake City, Utah. Kurbanov, an Uzbekistan national legally present in the United States, was living in Boise at the time of his arrest.
A federal grand jury in Boise returned a three-count indictment charging Kurbanov with one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, one count of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, and one count of possessing an unregistered destructive device.
A federal grand jury in Salt Lake City returned an indictment charging Kurbanov with one count of distribution of information relating to explosives, destructive devices, and weapons of mass destruction.
The charges were announced by David B. Barlow, U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah; Wendy J. Olson, U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho; John Carlin, Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the U.S. Department of Justice; and Mary Rook, Special Agent in Charge of the FBIs Salt Lake City Division.
The arrest was the culmination of an investigation by the FBIs Salt Lake City Division, which covers Idaho and Utah; and Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTF) in Idaho and Utah, which include a number of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.
Kurbanovs activities were closely monitored by federal agents during the investigation and any potential threat posed by Kurbanov has been contained. Kurbanov is scheduled to make his initial appearance in federal court in Boise tomorrow. He will be transferred to Utah at the conclusion of the prosecution in Idaho.
Todays arrest and these indictments underscore our commitment to aggressively and thoroughly investigate those who conspire to engage in unlawful terrorist activities, said U.S. Attorney Olson. The thorough and exhaustive work of our JTTF, in partnership with our investigating and prosecuting partners in Utah, Colorado, and at the National Security Division, put a stop to this criminal activity and ensured the publics safety. I commend the men and women at every level of law enforcement, including the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security-Homeland Security Investigations, Ada County and Canyon County Sheriffs Offices, and the Boise City Police Department, who assisted in this effort.
One of our highest priorities is disrupting potential acts of terrorism. The coordinated investigation, arrest, and indictments in this case demonstrate the commitment of all involved to do just that. The tireless work of agents, analysts, and law enforcement officers to detect and guard against acts of terrorism has helped ensure the safety of the communities they serve, U.S. Attorney Barlow said today. The judicial part of the process will now begin in Idaho and Utah.
Todays arrest underscores the need for continued vigilance against terrorist threats both at home and abroad. I thank the many agents, analysts and prosecutors responsible for this important investigation, said Acting Assistant Attorney General Carlin.
As always, the FBIs top priority is the safety and security of our nation and its citizens. The indictments and arrest are the result of months of exhaustive investigation on the part of agents, analysts, and officers who worked indefatigably to achieve that end, said FBI Special Agent in Charge Rook.
The Idaho indictment alleges in count one that between August 2012 and May 2013, Kurbanov knowingly conspired with unnamed co-conspirators to provide material support and resources to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, a designated foreign terrorist organization. The indictment alleges that the material support and resources included himself, computer software and money.
In count two, the indictment further alleges that the defendant conspired to provide material support and resources, including himself, to terrorists knowing that the material support was to be used in preparation for and in carrying out an offense involving the use of a weapon of mass destruction.
The indictment also alleges in count three that on or about November 15, 2012, Kurbanov possessed a destructive device consisting of a combination of parts intended for use in converting any device into a destructive device and from which a destructive device could be readily assembled. According to the indictment, the parts were a hollow hand grenade, hobby fuse, aluminum powder, potassium nitrate, and sulfur.
If convicted on the Idaho charges, Kurbanov faces a maximum of 15 years in prison on each of the conspiracy counts and 10 years in prison on the possession of an unregistered destructive device count. The Idaho charges are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Aaron Lucoff and Heather Patricco and National Security Division Trial Attorney Larry Schneider.
The one-count indictment filed in Utah alleges that from about January 14, 2013 continuing through January 24, 2013, Kurbanov taught and demonstrated how to make explosive devices and distributed information relating to the manufacture and use of an explosive or weapon of mass destruction with the intent that the teaching, demonstration, and information be used for and in furtherance of an activity that would constitute a federal crime of violence.
The indictment alleges the defendant showed Internet videos, conducted instructional shopping trips, provided written recipes, and gave verbal instructions on where to obtain the necessary components to construct and use improvised explosive devices. The indictment also alleges that Kurbanov intended that the videos, written recipes, verbal instructions, and shopping trips be used for training in the construction and use of explosive devices to commit a crime of violence, such as the use of weapons of mass destruction; bombings of a place of public use, a public transportation system, or infrastructure facility; or destroying a building in interstate commerce.
If convicted on the Utah charge, Kurbanov faces up to 20 years in federal prison.
The Utah charges are being prosecuted by U.S. Attorney Barlow, Assistant U.S. Attorney John W. Huber, and National Security Division Trial Attorney Larry Schneider.
An indictment is not a finding of guilt and is not evidence. Individuals charged in an indictment are presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
* * *
ON THE INTERNET:
“Uzbek national in Idaho arrested, charged with supporting the IMU”
By BILL ROGGIO
May 16, 2013
SNIPPET: “The Idaho indictment alleges that between August 2012 and May 2013, Kurbanov conspired with others, “both known and unknown,” to provide funds and computer software to the IMU. These items were “to be used in preparation for and in carrying out an offense involving the use of a weapon of mass destruction.”
Additionally, he “possessed a destructive device consisting of a combination of parts intended for use in converting any device into a destructive device could be readily assembled.” Those parts included “a hollow hand grenade, hobby fuse, aluminum powder, potassium nitrate and sulfur.”
The Utah indictment claims that Kurbanov trained others to “make explosive devices.”
SNIPPET: “The IMU has integrated its operations with the Taliban in Afghanistan.”
"The IMU has integrated its operations with the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Off Thread Topic, but interesting:
“IMU lauds another German killed in US drone strike”
By BILL ROGGIO
April 18, 2013
“German IMU fighter killed in drone strike last fall”
By BILL ROGGIO
April 12, 2013
“Pakistani Taliban praise slain American, British jihadists”
By BILL ROGGIO
February 13, 2013
UPDATING post no. 9:
“Man who allegedly taught bomb making in Utah arrested in terrorism case”
By Dennis Romboy, Deseret News
Published: Thursday, May 16 2013 6:45 p.m. MDT
SALT LAKE CITY
SNIPPET: “Federal agents closely monitored Kurbanovs activities for some time and stopped any potential threat, said U.S. Attorney for Utah David Barlow.
Authorities would not say whether a terrorist attack was imminent. They also declined to comment on what initiated the investigation or how long they were conducting it.”
SNIPPET: “Kurbanov will be tried in federal court first in Idaho and then in Utah, Barlow said.”
Note: Videos included.
“Neighbors surprised by Kurbanov arrest”
by Stephanie Zepelin
Posted on May 16, 2013 at 9:47 PM
Updated yesterday at 10:28 PM
SNIPPET: “Timmons has lived in these apartments with her kids for the last year and a half.
“My oldest daughter goes to school right across the street at Borah High, so it does worry me a lot,” Timmons said.
Mohamud Hamud is a Somali refugee.
“It makes me surprised, clearly because I know all these people,” said Hamud.
He said he has lived here for four years, and says about 80 percent of the apartment complex residents are refugees.”
“Family friend says Kurbanov was a good man with a family”
Posted on May 16, 2013 at 11:18 PM
SNIPPET: “KTVB is also told that he has a wife and one child, and that his parents and sister live in Boise.
His friend says they all moved here about two years ago, and at that point, the entire family had converted from Islam to Christianity.
However, his friend says Kurbanov must have reverted back to Islam at some point.”
they mean terrorists
“Fazliddin Kurbanov: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know”
posted9 hours agoby Joanna Hausmann
“Boise Man Arrested on Federal Terrorism Charges
Boise Man Arrested; Terrorism Charges Filed in Idaho and Utah
Suspect Allegedly Conspired to Provide Support to Terrorist Organization;
Demonstrated the Making and Use of Explosive Devices”
SNIPPET: “***This release was sent at 3:49 p.m. by the US Attorney’s Office in Boise and the FBI Salt Lake City Division. Boise Police have been acting as an assist to federal agencies in this investigation.”
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.