- U.S. Attorney's Office
- Fazliddin Kurbanov, 33, was convicted of conspiring and attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and possessing an unregistered destructive device.
An Uzbek national who made Boise his home but was convicted on terrorism charges has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison.
The charges date back to May 2013, when FBI agents raided the Boise apartment of Fazliddin Kurbanov, 33, after law enforcement said the suspect conspired to use a weapon of mass destruction, made regular shopping trips to purchase bomb-making materials and kept the materials at his residence.
Prosecutors later said Kurbanov communicated with the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, a known terrorist organization with links to the Taliban. Prosecutors also said Kurbanov discussed bombing targets with an FBI undercover officer, including military bases in the United States and specifically the West Point Military Academy.
Kurbanov was convicted in August 2015 following a 20-day trial, when a federal jury returned guilty verdicts on charges he conspired and attempted to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and possessed an unregistered destructive device.
On Jan. 7, U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge sentenced Kurbanov to 25 years behind bars and a fine of $250,000. Kurbanov also faces deportation at the end of his prison sentence.
“Thankfully, the threat posed by Kurbanov was disrupted by the tireless efforts of the law enforcement community and its partners," wrote Assistant U.S. Attorney General John Carlin in a statement following the sentencing. "Defending our nation from the threat of terrorism, whether at home or abroad, remains the highest priority of the National Security Division, and we will continue to hold accountable those who seek to harm our country and our citizens.”
According to evidence presented in the trial, between Nov. 15, 2012 and May 16, 2013, Kurbanov possessed bomb-making components at his Boise apartment, including a hollow hand grenade, a hobby fuse, ammunition containing smokeless powder, tannerite, aluminum powder, potassium nitrate, charcoal, yellow sulfur powder and fertilizer. Prosecutors said Kurbanov purchased the items during the summer and fall of 2012.
FBI special agents said they observed the bomb-making components during a court-authorized search of Kurbanov’s apartment in November 2012 and seized many of the same items during a second search in May 2013. During the sentencing hearing, an explosives expert provided evidence that the bomb-making components Kurbanov possessed were capable of causing significant harm. Prosecutors argued these capabilities, coupled with Kurbanov’s many statements of hatred toward Americans and desire to kill them, warranted the lengthy sentence.