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04 February 2012

Immigrant U.S. helped to relocate to Colorado from Uzbekistan charged with supporting Islamic terrorism Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2094815/Immigrant-U-S-helped-relocate-Colorado-Uzbekistan-charged-supporting-Islamic-terrorism.html

  • He fled his country dressed as a woman in 2007
  • Accused of providing support to Islamic Jihad Union
  • Lived with family in Denver working as a truck driver

An immigrant from Uzbekistan that was helped to relocate to Colorado by the United States and the United Nations is now facing a terrorism charge.

Jamshid Muhtorov, fled his country at night disguised as a woman ion 2007, and settled with his family in Aurora, a Denver suburb.

The 35-year-old had opposed Uzbekistan's dictator following a 2005 massacre, endured severe beatings during a brutal detention, and saw his sister arrested on a false murder charge.

But he's now accused of providing material support and attempting to provide material support to the Islamic Jihad Union.

The violent group opposes the Uzbek government and has been designated a foreign terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department.

Authorities arrested

The group is also blamed for carrying out simultaneous suicide bombings of the U.S. and Israeli embassies and a prosecutor's office in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

'It is a crime, and has been a crime for many years, to provide material support for a designated terrorist organization, the IJU,' said Dean Boyd, spokesman for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington. 'Our job is to enforce the law.'

Muhtorov and his family resettled in Aurora, a Denver suburb, and obtained a job as a truck driver.

Muhtorov's colleagues at the UZ Auto Trans company, where he hauled cars for dealers to destinations across the country, knew that he opposed the Uzbek regime.

'I knew him as a good guy. Praying. He never talked bad about the U.S. Maybe he was angry with the regime back in Uzbekistan,' said Ishmael Abdubafour, a former truck driver with the company.

'He had the long beard and stuff, but that doesn't mean anything. We see a lot of people who have the beard. He was very gentle.'

In Uzbekistan, Muhtorov worked within the confines of dictator Islam Karimov's system for the Ezgulik Human Rights Society

In Uzbekistan, Muhtorov worked within the confines of dictator Islam Karimov's system for the Ezgulik Human Rights Society

The FBI said Muhtorov communicated with a contact with the IJU by email using code words, asking to be invited to the 'wedding.'

He also told the contact that he was 'ready for any task, even with the risk of dying,' the FBI said.

Authorities said there was no evidence that Muhtorov planned any attacks within the U.S.

Uzbekistan, which borders Afghanistan to the north, has become even more crucial to the U.S. war effort now that supply routes in Pakistan are closed.

American officials had described Muhtorov as a human rights worker whose activism began while he was trying to make a living in his home city, Jizzak.

He ran up against corrupt officials expecting payments, which is common in Uzbekistan, and spoke out.

The U.S. tracked his case and a 2005 Department of State 'country report' on Uzbekistan said Muhtorov's sister, Dildora Muhtarova, was arrested on a murder charge and detained.

Such tactics, the report said, were aimed at intimidating activists to prevent them from exposing corruption.

Muhtorov worked within the confines of dictator Islam Karimov's system for the Ezgulik Human Rights Society, one of two registered groups that were allowed, according to a 2006 U.S. Embassy cable that surfaced through WikiLeaks.

After becoming director of Ezguli, Muhtorov eventually joined the Free Peasants Party, which favored regime change and worked closely with Human Rights Watch, but in January 2006, he was detained with another activist.

Uzbek authorities beat him and released him only after he wrote statements promising not to write internet articles or to oppose the government, according to Human Rights Watch reports.

'His nose was broken. He was covered in blood. And the assailants told him, 'This is your last warning.' ... He was scared to go back to his family home, so he went to Tashkent (the capital),' said Hugh Williamson, director of Human Rights Watch's Europe and Central Asia division. 'But then he came back again a few days later and was beaten up again. This time, he lost consciousness.'

State records show that as many as 157 Uzbeks have been resettled in Colorado since 2005, and federal officials said the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees assisted in Muhtorov's resettlement.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2094815/Immigrant...

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