ULUGBEK KODIROV CHARGED WITH ATTEMPT ON PRESIDENT OBAMA
An Uzbekistan native, Ulugbek Kodirov, 22, already charged with threatening the life of President Barak Obama and illegally possessing weapons, including a fully automatic weapon and a grenade was charged, on Thursday 02/09/2012, also with providing material support for terrorism. It is the first time federal prosecutors in Alabama have charged someone under that terrorist statute, according to court records. Ulugbek Kodirov had already been scheduled to plead guilty to the previous charges avoiding possible life sentence in exchange for about 15 years in prison but he still faced up to 30 years in prison and $750,000 in fines for providing material support for terrorist activity, Ulugbek Kodirov said in his recent investigations the kill plot was directed by the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, -IMU but evidence suggests he was, probably, radicalised in the USA.
Ulugbek Kodirov’s attorney, Lance Bell, said Kodirov will be pleading guilty to charges, including the new one, at the hearing before U.S. District Court Judge Abdul Kallon. “Until that hearing I can’t comment any further about the case,” he said.
Peggy Sanford, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorneys Office in Birmingham, Alabama, declined comment on the new charge, but confirmed that there are charges that remain against Ulugbek Kodirov from the original indictment.
Ulugbek Kodirov was charged, in 07/2011, with 4 counts of threatening the president and with being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm and unlawfully possessing a fully automatic weapon. Both of those weapons counts refer to a Sendra Corp. Model M15-A1 rifle which he bought from undercover law enforcement agents before his arrest on 13/07/2011, according to court documents. He was also charged with receiving and possessing an unregistered grenade. Ulugbek Kodirov had four grenades, but the gunpowder was not in them, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
An affidavit filed with a search warrant for Kodirov’s apartment in federal court stated that the FBI had been informed of Ulugbek Kodirov’s plans through two confidential reliable sources. One source, according to the affidavit, described Ulugbek Kodirov as a strict Muslim who has previously expressed support for Islamic extremists and who views Jihadis websites.
During a recent speech, U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance used Ulugbek Kodirov as an example of terrorism her office has dealt with. He had a “well-developed plan” to assassinate the president including attempting to purchase weapons from undercover agents, she said.
Vance later said that Ulugbek Kodirov came to USA on a lawful student visa, in 06/2009, which expired by the time he was arrested, with the initial intent to study but they believed that changed at some point and he became a terrorist. “He wanted to take a machine gun and kill the president of the United States. In my mind, that’s a terrorist,” she said at the time.
Among items federal authorities were looking for in a 07/13/2011 search of Ulugbek Kodirov’s room at the Oak Mountain Lodge in Pelham were Jihadi manuals and training materials, including those stored electronically on computers or other electronic devices, according to an affidavit filed with a federal search warrant. Authorities also were looking for sniper rifles and other long range weaponry, documentation related to assassination and the names and identifiers of possible co-conspirators. The warrant did not list what may have been found during the search.
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