He’s not an American, but he’s in an American court. Source: Man pleads guilty to aiding Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan | Fox News
WASHINGTON – A Dutch-Turkish man has pleaded guilty to providing material support to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, a designated foreign terrorist organization.
Federal officials announced Thursday that 58-year-old Irfan Demirtas pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Officials say Demirtas was charged in a 2011 sealed indictment related to actions between 2006 and 2008 when he was a Netherlands resident and a fundraiser and facilitator for the group. The government says the militant Islamic group, formed in 1991, aims to overthrow Uzbekistan’s government and create an Islamic state. In his plea, Demirtas acknowledges providing funds to the group’s leader.
Demirtas was arrested in Germany in 2015 and extradited to the U.S. He faces a statutory maximum of 15 years and financial penalties at sentencing Nov. 30.
Why didn’t the Dutch or Germans try him? Why not the Afghans? What is he doing in a U.S. court where taxpayers will have to pay for his incarceration for the next ten plus years? The unconvincing answer is found in an FBI press release:
“His extradition to the United States is an important step forward in holding him accountable for his alleged role in fomenting terror across Europe and the Middle East. Demirtas is one of four defendants currently pending trial on international terrorism charges in separate cases in the federal court here in our nation’s capital. These cases highlight our resolve to find and bring to justice those who support terror around the world.”
“Demirtas was arrested and extradited to face justice in the U.S. because of his role as the European-based fundraiser and recruiter for a designated terrorist organization that directly worked against U.S. forces and our allies,” said Assistant Director in Charge McCabe.
So the better question is, where will he go when his sentence is over? He may be coming to your town.
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