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Uzbek refugee convicted of terrorism conspiracy charge in U.S.

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A jury in Idaho has convicted an Uzbek refugee of three terrorism-related charges after prosecutors said he worked to support a terrorist organization and gathered explosive materials in his Boise apartment. Fazliddin Kurbanov, a Russian-speaking truck driver who fled Uzbekistan in 2009, was arrested two years ago by federal authorities who said he was determined to carry out an attack on U.S. soil. Prosecutors also said he provided computer support and money to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, which the U.S. government has identified as a terrorist organization.

Kurbanov's attorney countered that Kurbanov was just making empty boasts when he talked about planning an attack, and that the explosive materials in his apartment were for building fireworks. The jury found 33-year-old Kurbanov guilty of three counts including conspiracy and attempting to support a terrorist organization, but acquitted him of two additional counts. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 10.

KTVB-TV reporter Katie Terhune covered and live-tweeted the trial as it unfolded over the past weeks; her full report is online here. You can read the U.S. Attorney's office announcement here about the conviction.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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