A Utah man has been sentenced to ten years in federal prison after admitting to creating a bomb-making instructional to aid the Islamic State, often known as ISIS.

Murat Suljovic

A news release from the Utah U.S. Attorney’s Office said Murat Suljovic, 24, of Salt Lake City, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 20 years of supervised release once he was released from jail, among other punishments.

In November 2020, Suljovic entered a guilty plea to one count of giving material support or resources to terrorists, which was dismissed. According to online court documents, Suljovic was charged and arrested as recently as August this year.

According to a plea deal filed by Suljovic, he was living in Utah in January 2019 when he began conversing with someone he believed to be an ISIS supporter. According to court documents, he suspected the individual was interested in attacking in the name of the terrorist organization with the assistance of another individual. The identities of the other two individuals are not revealed in the plea bargain file.

Murat Suljovic

According to the plea bargain, it is claimed that Suljovic represented himself as an ISIS leader in the online discussions and that both of the anonymous individuals believed he was an ISIS leader.

According to the plea deal, Suljovic admits to giving a bomb-making training video, information on how to carry out an attack, and advice on where to carry out an attack, among other things. The felony accusation against him stemmed from his provision of the bomb-making tutorial, for which he was punished earlier this week.

Murat Suljovic

According to Utah U.S. Attorney Andrea Martinez, it should remind all of us that terrorist networks have a global reach, which issued a news release. “The fact that Suljovic carried out these actions while living in Salt Lake City shows the global reach of terrorist networks and should remind us to stay vigilant in the ongoing fight against terrorist organizations,” Martinez said.

Following Suljovic’s arrest, federal officials have spoken little about the case, despite a court filing from January 2020 indicating that federal officials had seized more than 27 gigabytes of information from Suljovic’s computer. According to Suljovic’s plea bargain, the government had permission to take his computers, hard drives, smartphones, and even his Twitter account, pending further investigation.

Isis

Because some of the circumstances of the case were classified, a court filing made in June sought to prevent the unlawful dissemination of information about the case.

According to court records, Suljovic’s punishment was handed out during a hearing on Thursday afternoon. He will be sent to the Federal Bureau of Prisons to serve out the remainder of his sentence there.

Source: KSL