DENVER (AP/CBS4) — A refugee from Uzbekistan who’s accused of helping a terrorist organization is back in Colorado.
Jamshid Muhtorov of Aurora, Colo. was arrested at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on Jan. 21 and is due to make his first appearance in federal court in Denver on Thursday.
The 35-year-old is accused of providing material support and attempting to provide material support to the Islamic Jihad Union. It opposes the Uzbek government and has been designated a foreign terrorist organization by State Department.
Jamshid Muhtorov said in court through an interpreter, “I swear to Allah I have never done anything.” Accused of supporting Islamic Jihad Union in Uzbekistan. “I am not guilty.”
The Denver Post reported that the United States and the United Nations helped relocate Muhtorov to Aurora in 2007. The newspaper said he had opposed his home country’s dictator following a 2005 massacre, endured a brutal detention, and saw his sister arrested on a false murder charge.
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