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Philadelphia Man Charged with Funding Islamic Jihad Union

A Philadelphia man has been charged with conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic Jihad Union (IJU), a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization.

Bakhtiyor Jumaev, 45, was charged in a federal court in Colorado court with conspiring to fund the Uzbek terrorist group on March 14, 2012. Jumaev is accused of sending several hundred dollars to Jamshid Muhtorov, who was arrested in January 2012 for attempting to join IJU, with the intention that it be forwarded to IJU.

IJU opposes the secular government in Uzbekistan and seeks to impose Shariah law in the country. The group has carried out a series of attacks in Uzbekistan, according to Uzbek and U.S. government officials, and has claimed responsibility for attacks on coalition forces in Afghanistan.

The case was made public March 15, after Jumaev was arrested in his home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  However, authorities had been investigating Jumaev for over a year.  As part of their surveillance of Jumaev, federal agents recorded numerous conversations between Jumaev and Muhtorov in which it is alleged that the two "close friends" discussed IJU and terrorist activities in coded language.

During one of these conversations, Jumaev reportedly told an unidentified associate that they should meet soon because 'they would see each other in the other world, but in this world they cannot be certain." It is possible that this was an allusion to possible plans Jumaev was making to join IJU. 

During another conversation with Muhtorov, Jumaev said the West allows people "to do anything in terms of lifestyle and business except for being a Sunni extremist," according to the court filings.  Authorities further claim that he watched videos of mujahideen in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region and posted comments on several videos in support of the militants. 

Jumaev faces up to 15 years imprisonment if convicted.

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Jumaev is accused of sending several hundred dollars to Jamshid Muhtorov, who was arrested in January 2012 for attempting to join IJU, with the intention that it be forwarded to IJU.

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