High-profile Idaho lawyer to defend Boise terrorism suspect

Credit: Idaho State Police

Fazliddin Kurbanov


by Associated Press


Posted on June 18, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 18 at 11:10 PM

BOISE -- An Uzbek refugee accused of terrorism-related crimes in Idaho and Utah has new lawyer who has handled some of the region's highest-profile federal cases.

A federal judge appointed Charles Peterson to take over Fazliddin Kurbanov's defense.

The 30-year-old Kurbanov has pleaded not guilty to charges including helping teach people to build bombs.

Peterson's resume includes successfully defending Randy Weaver against charges of murdering a federal agent during what became an 11-day standoff in 1992 on northern Idaho's Ruby Ridge.

In 2004, Peterson helped win freedom for a University of Idaho student from Saudi Arabia, Sami Al-Hussayen, who faced charges including working for a group funneling money to terrorists.

Peterson didn't return a call Tuesday.

Kurbanov's former federal defense lawyer withdrew after citing budget cuts that have sapped his office's resources.