PHILADELPHIA – March 15, 2012 (WPVI) — Federal authorities have arrested a Port Richmond resident and charged him with providing material support and resources to a terrorist organization based in Uzbekistan.
Bakhtiyor Jumaev, 45, of the 3100 block of Richmond Street, is charged with funneling money to the Islamic Jihad Union (IJU), a fundamentalist group opposed to the secular government in Uzbekistan.
The group has been linked to the 2004 suicide bombing attacks on the U.S. and Israeli embassies in Uzbekistan. The U.S. government designed the IJU a terrorist organization in 2005.
Jumaev’s arrest Thursday morning follows the January 21st arrest of an alleged co-conspirator, Jamshid Muhtorov, at Chicago O’Hare International Airport.
In court documents, the FBI says it monitored mobile phone conversations between Jumaev and Muhtorov between February 2010 and January 2012.
The FBI says the men discussed planned terrorist attacks in Uzbekistan, code named “weddings.” The conversations also allegedly included references to money raised and funneled overseas in support of attacks.
The court documents also refer to a $300 check traced from Jumaev to Muhtorov in support of IJU activities.
The prior report linked above details how Muhtarov got into the U.S. as a refugee with the help of the U.N.
Court documents also describe terrorist videos and other incriminating material found on Jumaev’s computers, which were seized from his Port Richmond home last month.
If convicted, Jumaev faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, and up to a $250,000 fine.
Jumaev made his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, where he was advised of his rights and the charges pending against him.