Ankle monitors inadequate
Prosecutors want to keep terrorism suspect Muhtorov in jail until trial
Federal prosecutors argued Monday that ankle monitors can’t keep the public safe and asked the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver to keep a man accused of helping terrorists behind bars.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office filed a supplemental brief Monday to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver pointing to five cases in which Colorado offenders easily cut their ankle monitors, fled and committed additional crimes. One of them is the 2013 case of parolee Evan Ebel, who cut his ankle monitor, before killing Nathan Leon and Colorado prisons chief Tom Clements.
“Home confinement and GPSmonitoring will not stop a defendant from fleeing the jurisdiction or harming others if that is his intent,” according to the brief written by Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Bishop Grewell. “That is why a presumption of detention exists for those charged with crimes of terrorism.”
Acting U.S. Attorney Robert Troyer’s office filed the initial brief in hopes of halting the release of Uzbekistan refuge Jamshid Muhtorov. His defense attorneys have until Friday to reply to the government’s request to block Muhtorov’s pretrial release.
U.S. District Senior Judge John Kane approved Muhtorov’s release on a $20,000 bond with numerous conditions including home detention and GPS monitoring with an ankle bracelet.
Muhtorov filed a motion in June asking the court to dismiss the case against him because his Constitutional right to a speedy trial has been violated because he’s been held for 5½ years without trial. Earlier this year, his trial was rescheduled for March 2018.
Muhtorov was arrested by FBI agents in January 2012 at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago as he prepared to board a flight to Turkey. He faces charges alleging he provided material support to the Islamic Jihad Union.