Tajikistan jails 17 convicted militants
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||30 May 2012|
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May 30, 2012
KHUJAND, Tajikistan – A court in the northern Tajik city of Khujand has handed down lengthy prison sentences to 17 men linked to the banned Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.
The sentences range from nine to 23 years.
The men were found guilty of membership in a banned organization, a crime which according to Tajik laws carries lengthy imprisonment.
Five of the convicts had allegedly been to militant training camps in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Prosecutors said the men had been seeking to recruit followers to extremist organizations.
The men reportedly admitted to some of the charges, but denied charges of membership in any organization.
It was immediately unclear what charges they had pleaded guilty to.
Defense lawyers said the men's confessions were obtained through torture.