Trial to Start for Uzbek Refugee Facing Terrorism Charge
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal trial begins this week for an Uzbek refugee charged with supporting a terrorist organization.
Fazliddin Kurbanov, a Russian-speaking truck driver who fled Uzbekistan in 2009, was arrested in 2013 by federal authorities who said he was teaching people to build bombs to target public transportation.
Prosecutors say Kurbanov traveled the West assisting a militant group in his native Uzbekistan, a Central Asian country that has a southern border with Afghanistan.
Jury selection was expected to begin Monday morning at the federal courthouse in Boise. The 32-year-old Kurbanov, who lives in Boise, has pleaded not guilty to the five terrorism-related charges.