DENVER – Jurors on Thursday found a refugee from Uzbekistan guilty to conspiracy to support a terrorist group with $300 he received from a friend and make plans to be a member of the organization itself.
Thursday’s ruling in a federal courtroom in Denver came more than six years after Jamshid Muhtorov’s arrest in a Chicago airport. After a three-week trial, jurors found Muhtorov guilty of three charges: conspiring to $300, and the Islamic Jihad Union, the provision of or an attempt to have the $300 and providing or trying to provide themselves as support.
Jurors also found Muhtorov not guilty to the other costs of providing or trying to provide communication technology to the terror of the group. Prosecutors described the Islamic Jihad Union, an extremist splinter group opposed to the Uzbek government and has been blamed for attacks in Afghanistan.
The case led to the U. S. Justice Department’s first disclosure that it intended to use information obtained by means of one of the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance programs. Muhtorov’s lawyers challenged the constitutionality of the program before the test.
But Judge John Kane decided in 2015 that the program may have potential for abuse, but that is not in conflict with Muhtorov’s rights.
The plaintiffs argued that Muhtorov, a former human rights worker who came to the Denver area in 2007 through a refugee resettlement program, became frustrated with life in the US. He began to e-mail us with the terror of the group, through its website and 2012, told an FBI informant that he was planning to join the group and a fighter, ” she said.
Muhtorov’s lawyers said that the e-mails were just a coping method, if Muhtorov adapted to their new life in the United States, where he worked at a processing plant, a casino, and then as a truck driver. She said that he never intended to take any action, either by sending money or by the group itself.
Muhtorov never sent the money to the terror group and was on a trip to Turkey to study Islam and to help a brother in a refugee camp in the area when he was arrested, ” she said.
Kane did not immediately set a date to determine Muhtorov the sentence. A lawyer for Muhtorov refused to comment after the jury delivered its verdict.
Muhtorov’s co-defendant, Bakhtiyor Jumaev, is set to be sentenced on July 18. Jumaev was found guilty of two terror-related counts in a separate process that closed on 30 April.
Prosecutors accused Jumaev the use of codes in interviews with Muhtorov to hide a $300 contribution intended for the terror of the group. Jumaev’s lawyers said that he was just repaying a debt to Muhtorov, who he considered a good friend.