Jury Deliberates Case of Man Accused of Planning Terrorism
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Jurors are deliberating the fate of an Uzbek refugee living in Boise who has been accused of planning a terror attack. KTVB-TV reports that both the prosecution and the defense held closing arguments in the case against 33-year-old Fazliddin Kurbanov Monday.
He has pleaded not guilty to five felony charges, including attempting to support a terrorist organization. Prosecutors say Kurbanov talked regularly with an overseas terrorist organization, bought bags of fertilizer and other bomb-making materials and discussed attacking a military base or mass transit in a suicide bombing.
Defense attorney Charles Peterson says Kurbanov was curious after a friend shared his fireworks-building hobby and that confidential informants for the FBI encouraged Kurbanov to view videos and other content on a terrorist organization's website. He says Kurbanov did nothing illegal.