07 May 2015, 13:41
Another 19 Islamists convicted in Tajikistan
Dushanbe, May 7, Interfax - A court in Khujand, the second largest city in Tajikistan, has convicted 19 Tajik citizens of religious extremism and membership in the Jamaat Ansarullah extremist group, the country's Supreme Court said in a press release on Thursday.
Another four people were found guilty of failure to report the criminal activities of the group's members.
"Nineteen residents of the Sughd Region [northern Tajikistan] were convicted by the court in the city of Khujand of participation in a criminal community (Article 187.2 of the Tajik Penal Code), participation in an extremist community (Article 307.2), organizing an extremist organization's activities and taking part in them (Article 307.7), as well as participation in a public or religious organization labeled as extremist and outlawed by courts," it said.
One of the defendants, reportedly the group's leader, was sentenced to 17 years and six months in a high-security prison. The other 18 people received sentences of eight years and six months in prison each. The four persons were given a year in prison each.
"It has been established that they [the convicts] were on the territory of the Russian Federation when they joined the Jamaat Ansarullah group banned in Tajikistan," it said without providing further details.
The names of the convicts have not been disclosed, but it is known that they are aged between 20 and 35. Russia's city where these people joined Jamaat Ansarullah was not named either.
Russia has over one million migrant workers from Tajikistan.
Forty-seven people have been convicted by Tajik courts of being involved with Jamaat Ansarullah since the beginning of the year.