Source: Reuters

U.S. prosecutors seek to halt pretrial release of Uzbek terror suspect

By: Keith Coffman

Federal prosecutors appealed against a U.S. judge’s order on Tuesday allowing the release of Jamshid Muhtorov, who has been held for more than five years while awaiting trial on charges of providing support to a suspected Islamist group in his native Uzbekistan. The motion came four days after U.S. District Judge John Kane granted a motion by Muhtorov for his release pending his trial, which is set for early next year. In agreeing to set bond conditions, Judge Kane said that, while Muhtorov’s purported jihadist views are “abhorrent,” he will have already spent six years in prison by the time he goes on trial, about the same amount of time he would likely serve if convicted. He faces a maximum 15 years in prison if convicted. Read more here.

 

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