New Britain man charged by feds after lying about connection to terrorist group

Published on Friday, 22 December 2017 22:39
Written by LISA BACKUS

@LBACKUSNBH

NEW HAVEN - A New Britain man faces federal charges after he allegedly lied on his naturalization form about his brother’s involvement in a Syrian group connected to the terrorist organization Islamic State, authorities said.

Sidikjon Mamadjonov, 31, a Uzbekistan national living in New Britain, was charged Friday with unlawful procurement of naturalization, making a false oath under penalty of perjury and making false statements on a naturalization application.

Mamadjonov has been a lawful, permanent resident of the United States since 2010 and applied for citizenship in 2014, federal authorities said.

During an interview with the FBI in November, Mamadjonov said his brother, Saidjon, had died in May or June 2013, while fighting in Syria with “Nusra,” a group affiliated with Islamic State, federal authorities said.

During similar interviews with the FBI in May and November 2014, Mamadjonov said his brother was alive, even though he knew he was dead, court papers said. Mamadjonov also said his brother was running a business and had married a Turkish woman and he didn’t know where he was, documents said.

According to court papers, though, Mamadjonov had traveled to Turkey and learned that his brother had died while fighting with Nusra.

Shortly after his return to the United States, federal authorities determined, Mamadjonov received a package containing his brother’s cell phone. The phone contained videos including one that showed his brother asking him to come to Syria. The phone also contained a photo of his brother’s dead body.

Mamadjonov later admitted that he was afraid he would get in trouble if the government knew his brother had died while fighting in Syria, court papers said.

He was detained after his appearance in U.S. District Court in New Haven. If convicted, Mamadjonov faces a maximum 25-year prison term.

Lisa Backus can be reached at 860-801-5066 or Lbackus@centralctcommunications.com.



Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Friday, 22 December 2017 22:39. Updated: Friday, 22 December 2017 22:41.