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6-05-2015, 15:21

Banned extremist members arrested in northern Tajikistan

Avesta.Tj | 06.05.2015 | A court in Tajikistan’s northern city of Khujand sentenced on Tuesday 23 residents of Sughd province for being members of a banned Islamic group Jamaat Ansarullah.

All convicts were sentenced to different jail terms. They are the residents of Istaravshan, Bobojonghafourov and Isfara, aged 20 to 35.

The convicts were found guilty of organizing a criminal group, organizing an extremist group and organizing an activity of an extremist group.

The ringleader was sentenced to 17 years in prison and seventeen members of this group were sentenced to 9 years in prison each. They will serve their terms in a high-security penal colony.

Four other defendants were sentenced to one year in jail each for not reporting a crime. They will serve their terms in a general-regime penal colony.

The men were reportedly were arrested last year. It has been established that they joined the banned group while they were in Russia as migrant labors.

Since the beginning of this year, the Khujand city court has convicted 47 residents of Sughd province of being members of Jamaat Ansarullah and sentenced them to various jail terms.

In May 2012, Tajikistan’s Supreme Court officially banned Jamaat Ansarullah as extremist on the basis of a suit filed by the Prosecutor-General’s Office.