Tajikistan court sentences nine Islamists to death

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  • Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2003 13:39:46 -0000

Nine members of Tajikistan?s armed Islamist opposition have been
sentenced to death by firing squad, the supreme court?s military
tribunal said Tuesday. 
 
The court in the Central Asian country late Monday also handed down
sentences ranging from 18 months to 25 years in prison to 72 other
accused Islamists, and released one man for health reasons, it said. The
trial of the 82 men on charges of hostage-taking, terrorism, murder and
belonging to illegal armed groups, had dragged on since May. 
 
They were accused of belonging to two Islamist groups headed by two
rebel leaders ? Rakhmon Sanginov, nicknamed ?Hitler?, and Manur Muakalov
? who were killed in July 2001 during special operations against the
groups.s. 
 
The groups were accused of continuing to carry out attacks despite the
signing of a peace deal in 1997 that put an end to the civil war that
had been raging for five years between the government and an armed
Islamist opposition. 
 
The UN-brokered accord gave the Islamic opposition a share of government
posts in the former Soviet republic, which is the poorest of the Central
Asian countries. 
 
Several Islamist groups remain active in Tajikistan, including Hizbi
Tahrir, a radical Sunni group fighting to set up an Islamic state in
Central Asia. 
 

Source:  Daily Times (Pakistan)
 

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