Friday, May 17, 2013

UPDATE: Terror Suspect Uses Interpreter to Plead Not Guilty in Boise Courtroom

Posted By on Fri, May 17, 2013 at 10:40 AM

UPDATE: MAY 17, 2013

30-year-old Fazliddin Kurbanov, a Uzbekistan national arrested in Boise Thursday on terrorism charges, stood before a U.S. courtroom in Downtown Boise Friday morning and pleaded not guilty to charges that he conspired to use a weapon of mass destruction. Kubanov used an interpreter over the phone to communicate his plea of not guilty.

Kurbanov was taken into custody Thursday as FBI agents raided his apartment on Cassia Street in Boise. Feds said Kurbanov possessed an "unregistered explosive device" and made regular shopping trips to purchase bomb-making materials. Prosecutors also say Kurbanov possessed instructional videos on how to make bombs.

Kurbanov remains in federal custody. He'll be back in court Tuesday, May 21 for a detention hearing, which will determine if he should stay behind bars pending his trial which is now set for Tuesday, July 2.

ORIGINAL STORY: May 16, 2013

Federal, state and local police officials arrested Fazliddin Kurbanov, 30—originally from Uzbekistan but legally residing in Boise—on charges of conspiring to aid a terrorist organization. Federal terrorism charges were filed Thursday afternoon in Boise and Salt Lake City.

Kurbanov was arrested Thursday morning at an apartment complex on the Boise Bench near Curtis and Cassia streets, where law enforcement officers were seen removing evidence.

David B. Barlow, U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah and Wendy J. Olson, U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho joined the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation in announced the charges, which stemmed from an "exhaustive investigation."

“Today’s 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,” John Carlin, acting assistant attorney general for National Security said in a press release issued Thursday.

Grand juries in Salt Lake City and Boise returned indictments charging Kubanov 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, one count of possessing an unregistered destructive device and one count of distribution of information relating to explosives, destructive devices and weapons of mass destruction.

From the release:

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.

If convicted on the Utah charge, Kurbanov faces up to 20 years in federal prison.

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