Publication: Monitor Volume: 4 Issue: 109

At a trial in Tashkent, the Supreme Court of Uzbekistan on June 5 sentenced five residents of Namangan to ten years imprisonment each, and two others to six years each. The charges included fanning religious and ethnic strife, conspiracy against the constitutional order with a view to establishing an Islamic state, and participation in the civil war in Tajikistan on the side of the Islamic opposition. (Russian agencies, June 5) The Tashkent trial is the latest in the series of judicial reprisals against Uzbek “religious extremists,” usually misidentified as Wahhabis. The Namangan regional court last month sentenced twelve residents in three trials (see the Monitor, May 19 and 28)–VS

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