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Uzbek charged with terror can skip hearing

By The Associated Press
Published On: Aug 24 2013 07:40:31 AM MDT
BOISE, Idaho -

For security reasons, an Uzbek national charged in Idaho with terrorism-related crimes won't be in court early next week when his lawyers discuss progress of the case with prosecutors and a judge.
    
U.S. District Court Judge Edward Lodge said Fazliddin Kurbanov can skip attendance at Tuesday afternoon's hearing.
    
Kurbanov, a refugee living in Boise who has pleaded not guilty to all charges including helping teach people to build bombs, faces a trial set to start July 1, 2014.
    
The 30-year-old Kurbanov arrived in the United States in 2009, a refugee from violence in his home country.
    
Since then, he's been living in Idaho's capital and working as, among other things, a truck driver.
    
But prosecutors say he also was working secretly to facilitate attacks, including on public transportation systems.