– JAMSHID MUHTOROV DETAINED IN CHICAGO AIRPORT OVER TERROR
The FBI arrested, on Saturday 01/21/2012, a refugee from Uzbekistan, Jamshid Muhtorov, at Chicago’s O’Hare airport on charges that he planned to travel overseas to fight for a terrorist group and give up his life if necessary, an official said on Monday 01/23/2012.
Jamshid Muhtorov took refuge in USA in 2007 after he was forced out of Uzbekistan, the former Soviet central Asian nation where U.S. defense officials under President George W. Bush courted dictator Islam Karimov in return for access to a military base just north of Afghanistan.
However, there was no evidence that suspect Jamshid Muhtorov , 35, was plotting attacks inside the United States, authorities said. Jamshid Muhtorov of Aurora, Colorado. was arrested Saturday by members of the FBI’s Denver and Chicago Joint Terrorism Task Forces.
Jamshid Muhtorov , who goes by several other names, was indicted on charges of providing and attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization.
Prosecutors allege he planned to fight for the Islamic Jihad Union -IMU, which has been blamed for suicide attacks in Uzbekistan and claimed responsibility for numerous attacks against coalition forces in Afghanistan.
An FBI affidavit said the group also carried out simultaneous suicide bombings of the U.S. and Israeli embassies and a prosecutor’s office in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, in Summer 2004 (see – July 2004 Attacks). Jamshid Muhtorov was arrested without incident before he could board a flight to Istanbul,
Investigators obtained a search warrant for Muhtorov’s apartment for a laptop computer, a Blackberry cellphone, and permission to search two email accounts they said were used by Muhtorov, according to the indictment.
The FBI said Jamshid Muhtorov communicated with a contact with the terror organization by email using code words, asking to be invited to the “wedding.” He also told the contact that he was “ready for any task, even with the risk of dying,” the FBI said.
In 04/2011, Jamshid Muhtorov emailed the contact that an associate had sent money for a “wedding gift” and expressed willingness to help with the wedding, the FBI affidavit said. In a May email, Muhtorov said he planned to travel to Istanbul and would bring a “wedding gift”.
The affidavit said the FBI intercepted phone calls last summer between Jamshid Muhtorov and his wife in which they argued about travel plans to Kyrgyzstan or Turkey. In a 07/2011 phone call, Jamshid Muhtorov told a young daughter he would never see her again, but “if she was a good Muslim girl, he will see her in heaven,” the FBI said.
Neighbors said Jamshid Muhtorov worked as a truck driver and lived with three children and a woman. They often cooked on a barbecue grill, and two of the children – a girl about 6 years old and a boy about 4 – sometimes played outside.
If convicted, Jamshid Muhtorov could face a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, and up to a $250,000 fine. It wasn’t the first terrorism case with ties to the Denver suburb of Aurora.
Najibullah Zazi, a Denver airport shuttle driver who pleaded guilty to planning to bomb the New York City subway, also was from Aurora.
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