Kurbanov terrorism trial pushed back again

June 13, 2014 

Terrorism Charges-Idaho

This undated image provided by the Idaho State Police shows Fazliddin Kurbanov. Kurbanov, an Uzbekistan national, is accused of giving support, cash and other resources to help a recognized terrorist group in his home country plan a terrorist attack there.

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The terrorism trial of Boise resident Fazliddin Kurbanov has been delayed once again.

The trial is now scheduled to begin Feb. 9. It was originally set to begin July 1 but was recently rescheduled for Oct. 21.

The latest delay is necessary, defense attorney Chuck Peterson said in a court filing, to allow time to review discovery documents. Peterson, who is defending the case along with his daughter Courtney Peterson, said he also needed time to file several motions on behalf of his client.

Kurbanov, 31, a Uzbek refugee who came to the United States in 2009, is accused of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, and possession of an unregistered explosive device.

Authorities say he helped teach people to build bombs that were to be used to target public transportation.

Kurbanov, who was arrested May 17, 2013, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Other than the indictment against Kurbanov, which provides only a brief overview of the crimes he is accused of committing, very little information has been added to the federal file.

Kurbanov allegedly has ties to the group the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. His arrest was one of the first for a group member or supporter in the United States. Prosecutors say he provided material support and resources to the IMU. Alleged activities took place in Idaho and Utah.

The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan formed in the 1990s to overthrow the Uzbek government and create an Islamic state ruled by Shariah law. The group set up its initial operations in Pakistan and has also been active in Afghanistan.

Prosecutors have been tight-lipped, refusing to say whether Kurbanov is suspected of planning attacks in the U.S. or abroad, or whether the co-conspirators he is accused of training are Americans or foreigners.

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