lawyers want Uzbek's terrorism trial delayed

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 12:20 PM


BOISE, Idaho — Federal prosecutors are seeking to delay the trial for an Uzbek national arrested in May on terrorism-related charges, calling the case too complex to argue it in court on the scheduled date early next month.

Fazliddin Kurbanov, a refugee living in Boise, has pleaded not guilty to allegations he helped teach people to build bombs to target public transportation.

The 30-year-old’s case had been due to go to trial on July 2.

U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson filed documents Tuesday asking Judge Mikel Williams to continue the case, however, calling the evidence voluminous, potentially classified and requiring services of a translator.

Charles Peterson, Kurbanov’s lawyer in Boise, indicated he has no objection to pushing back the trial date.

Kurbanov has been held in a county jail in Boise since his arrest.

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