Tuesday, June 11, 2013

AP: Boise Attorneys Ask To Be Removed From Terror Suspect Case

Posted By on Tue, Jun 11, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Pointing to the federal sequestration and its financial squeeze on their office's resoures, two federally-appointed public defense attorneys, assigned to represent a Uzbekistan national charged with terrorism, say they want out of the case.

30-year-old Fazliddin Kurbanov was arrested May 16 when FBI agents raided his Boise apartment, saying the suspect conspired to use a weapon of mass destruction and made regular shopping trips to purchase bomb-making materials.

Kurbanov's trial was expected to begin Tuesday, July 2, but is now expected to be delayed following a motion filed June 10.

The Associated Press reports that Richard Rubin and Thomas Monaghan, who were assigned to the case, have asked the court to withdraw from the case and that substitute counsel be appointed immediately.

Rubin told the AP that federal budget cuts had reduced the budget of his office by 10 percent.

"It would be more detrimental to the client to have us continue on to a certain point, totally run out of resources, and then come into the court saying we just can't go any further," Rubin told the AP.

Federal 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.

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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