Wednesday, June 26, 2013

AP: Federal Prosecutors Want Delay in Terror Trial

Posted By on Wed, Jun 26, 2013 at 9:40 AM

The federal trial of an Uzbekistan national, behind held on terrorism-related charges since his Boise arrest May 16, was initially scheduled to begin Tuesday, July 2, at the U.S. Courthouse in Boise.

But the Associated Press reports that federal prosecutors say the case is too complex and they need a delay.

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.

Two Boise public defenders, Richard Rubin and Thomas Monaghan. had initially been assigned to represent Kurbanov, but asked to be removed from the case saying the federal sequestration had put a financial squeeze on their resources. A federal judge appointed Charles Peterson to take over Kurbanov's defense.

The AP reports that U.S. Attorney Wendy Olsen filed documents June 25 asking U.S. Judge Mikel Williams to continue the case, "calling the evidence voluminous, potentially classified—and requiring the services of a translator."

Peterson indicated he had no objection to the delay, according to the AP.

Kurbanov has pleaded not guilty to charges including that he helped teach people to build bombs which targeted public transportation.

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