03/09/2012

Prosecutors oppose release of US terror suspect

Associated Press

DENVER — U.S. prosecutors say an Uzbek refugee charged with supporting a terrorist group is too dangerous to release on bond, revealing in court records that violent videos were discovered on his phone.

Jamshid Muhtorov is charged with providing and attempting to provide material support to the Islamic Jihad Union, a group designated by the U.S. as a terrorist organization that has committed attacks on coalition forces overseas. Muhtorov has denied the charges and is seeking bail.

According to the Denver Post newspaper, prosecutors say Muhtorov may have misrepresented himself as a human rights activist and that he may have received refugee status on fake grounds.

Muhtorov's attorney, Rick Williamson declined to comment on the allegations.

Authorities said the Islamic Jihad Union actively engages NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan. The U.S. State Department designated it as a foreign terrorist organization following attacks on U.S. and Israeli embassies in 2004.

Federal public defender Brian Leedy said Muhtorov signed onto the group's website and engaged with those operating it to learn more about what was happening in his home country, and was headed to the region to visit family.

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