Feds tight-lipped about Utah man charged with assisting ISIS

Feds tight-lipped about Utah man charged with assisting ISIS

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SALT LAKE CITY — Federal authorities are tight-lipped about a man held in custody in Utah since at least last August for allegedly assisting ISIS.

A U.S. District Court judge unsealed a felony information Tuesday against Murat Suljovic, 23, of Salt Lake City, alleging he attempted to provide material support and resources, including services, personnel and training, to ISIS.

Suljovic pleaded not guilty in a hearing Monday.

Court filings do not include details about how Suljovic allegedly helped the terrorist organization.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Salt Lake City referred questions about the case to the Department of Justice. The DOJ did not respond to inquiries.

“We can’t comment on the Murat Suljovic case beyond what you see in the public record at this time,” Melodie Rydalch, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, said later in an email.

Suljovic’s federal public defender, Jessica Stengel, said the defense has no comment at this time.

A January court filing says the case has potential national security implications and some of the materials are classified. Federal authorities seized at least 122,700 files under 62 folders on Suljovic’s computer, court records say.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Dustin Pead called the case “complex and unusual” in an order extending the time for the government to file an indictment to May 11. On Monday, Suljovic waived his right to be prosecuted by indictment and consented to prosecution by information.

Suljovic made his first court appearance last August and remains in custody.

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Dennis Romboy
Dennis Romboy is an editor and reporter for the Deseret News. He has covered a variety of beats over the years, including state and local government, social issues and courts. A Utah native, Romboy earned a degree in journalism from the University of Utah. He enjoys cycling, snowboarding and running.

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