10 April 2019, 14:19
Tajik court sentences former functionary of prohibited Islamic party to 15 years in prison
Dushanbe, April 10, Interfax - A court in Khujand has sentenced Naimdzhon Samiyev, a former functionary of the Islamic Revival Party, which is banned in Tajikistan, to 15 years in prison for storing explosives and extremism.
"Naimdzhon Samiyev, former head of the division of the prohibited Islamic Revival Party in Isfar, was found guilty of three counts: illegal acquisition, transfer, sale, storage, and transportation of explosive substances and explosive devices; organization of an extremist community; and participation in a criminal organization," the Tajik Radio Liberty service (Radio Ozodi) said.
Samiyev was tried in Detention Facility No. 2 in Khujand. The trial was held behind closed doors and the sentence was read on April 9.
The former functionary of the prohibited party denied the charges, the report said.
Radio Ozodi reported that Samiyev, 56, had been detained at a checkpoint in Grozny on December 1, 2018. The reason for his detention was not officially announced. In February, a video was published on YouTube in which Samiyev said he had returned voluntarily from Moscow to Dushanbe and had turned himself in to the authorities.
Akhmadullo Samiyev, the son of Naimdzhon Samiyev, earlier told Radio Ozodi his father had learned that he was on the wanted persons list in July 2018, when he was in Kazakhstan. The Tajik authorities had charged him with fraud or bankruptcy of an enterprise. At the same time, Akhmadullo Samiyev said his father did not own or run any businesses in Tajikistan, but only engaged in party work. He said he had only started business after moving to Russia in 2014.
The Islamic Revival Party was officially banned in Tajikistan in 2015 following a rebellion led by the country's former deputy defense minister Abdukhalim Nazarzoda. The Islamic Revival Party was accused of involvement in these events and of planning to seize power. More than 100 supporters of the party were detained, dozens were imprisoned, and the party's deputy heads Saidumar Husaini and Makhmadali Hait were sentenced to life in prison. The party was declared a terrorist organization by the Supreme Court.
Mukhiddin Kabiri, leader of the Islamic Revival Party, who lives outside of Tajikistan, was put on the international wanted list by the republic's authorities.