According to local media, “Bakhtiyor Jumaev, 45, of Port Richmond, was arrested by the Philadelphia FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, the Justice Department said”.
He was charged with helping to fund the Islamic Jihad Union. CBS News reported, that “Bakhtiyor Jumaev, is accused of sending funds to 35-year-old Colorado resident Jamshid Muhtorov, who was charged in January with providing material support to the Islamic Jihad Union.”
This case was investigated by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. The FBI said they had been investigating Jumaev and an associate, Jamshid Muhtorov, since 2010.
The IJU is a terrorist organization which splintered from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan in the early 2000s. According to the DOJ, the IJU is responsible for a number of attacks and bombings, including attacks against Coalition forces in Afghanistan. It has conducted attacks and bombings in Uzbekistan and against Coalition forces in Afghanistan and attempted attacks in Germany.
If convicted, Jumaev faces up to 15 years in federal prison and up to a $250,000 fine.
“Muhtorov, an Uzbek refugee, has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him and denied he was a terrorist when the FBI interviewed him”.