DENVER — A court has barred the release of a man detained for 5½ years for allegedly providing material support to an Uzbek terror organization.
The Denver Post reports the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals issued its temporary stay at the request of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, which appealed a federal judge’s order to release Jamshid Muhtorov. The appeals court will hold a hearing Monday.
Muhtorov argues his right to a speedy trial has been violated, and on June 23, a federal judge ordered his release before trial.
Muhtorov, whose trial is expected to begin early next year, is accused of supporting the Islamic Jihad Union and communicating with its website administrator. He denied the allegations after his January 2012 arrest, saying he was going to visit family in Uzbekistan.
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver has barred the release of an Uzbek immigrant accused of aiding the Islamic Jihad Union pending the outcome of a formal appeal of a judge’s earlier order to release him on bond.
Prosecutors had cited five cases in which Colorado offenders easily cut their ankle monitors, fled and committed additional crimes. One of them is the 2013 case of parolee Evan Ebel, who cut his ankle monitor, before killing Nathan Leon and Colorado prisons chief Tom Clements.
“Home confinement and GPS-monitoring will not stop a defendant from fleeing the jurisdiction or harming others if that is his intent,” according to the brief written by Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Bishop Grewell.
U.S. government rescued him, along with his wife and two small children. U.S. authorities gave Muhtorov a comfortable new perch in Colorado, where state officials estimate as many as 157 other Uzbeks have been resettled after escaping a human-rights disaster.
Save taxpayers the money and free up a jail space. Deport him and his family ASAP.