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30-09-2015, 09:48

Tajikistan bans islamic party as terrorist organization


Avesta.Tj | 30.09.2015 | Tajikistan's Supreme Court declared on Tuesday the Islamic Revival Party (IRP) as a terrorist organization and ruled to ban its activities in the country, the state-run Khovar news agency reported Wednesday.

The court's decision forces the closure of the IRP's Najot (Salvation) newspaper and bans the distribution of any video, audio, or printed materials related to the party's activities.


Tajik prosecutor general's office has earlier accused the opposition party of an attempt to carry out a military coup.

The IRP leader Muhiddin Kabiri has been implicated in the plot, together with former deputy defense minister Abdukhalim Nazarzoda.

Nazarzoda was reported killed in a special operation on Sept. 16, nearly two weeks after attacks on a police station and weapons depot that police blamed on him and his followers.

After Nazarzoda was reportedly killed along with fellow gunmen and other alleged accomplices were detained, Tajik authorities arrested at least 13 senior IRP members in connection with the attempted coup.

The detainees were charged with creating a criminal association, which provides for imprisonment of up to 20 years with the confiscation of property.