Boise terrorism suspect to remain jailed

csewell@idahostatesman.comMay 21, 2013 

— An Uzbek national charged in Idaho and Utah with supporting the al-Qaida-linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan will remain jailed in Boise while awaiting trial.

Fazliddin Kurbanov waived his right to a detention hearing Tuesday, speaking through a Russian interpreter in Boise federal court.

Kurbanov, 30, came to Boise in August 2009 as a refugee.

A Boise federal grand jury on Thursday indicted Kurbanov on terrorism-related charges. Federal agents arrested him the same day following a morning raid at his central Boise apartment. He was working as a truck driver at the time of his arrest.

The indictment alleges that between August 2012 and May 2013, Kurbanov “knowingly conspired with un-named co-conspirators to provide material support and resources to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, a designated terrorist organization.” The indictment alleges the support included himself, computer software and money. He is also charged with possessing an "unregistered destructive device," or bomb.

At the same time of the Boise indictment, a Salt Lake City federal grand jury indicted Kurbanov for conducting training on how to make bombs “to be used at a place of public use, a public transportation system or infrastructure facility; or destroying a building in interstate commerce.”

Federal officials said they closely monitored Kurbanov during the investigation and any potential threat has been contained.

Kurbanov will be transferred to Utah after the Idaho case concludes.

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