2016-02-19 11:07:00

Thirteen people given long prison terms in Tajikistan for attempted hoisting of ISIL flags in Nurek

Moscow, February 19, Interfax - A court in Tajikistan's Khatlon Region has given long prison terms to 13 Nurek residents for hoisting flags of ISIL (a terrorist organization banned in Russia) in the city.

The court found the Nurek residents, the youngest of whom was 21 and the oldest 74, guilty of extremism and sentenced them from ten to 25 years in prison.

The defendants planned to raise 40 ISIL flags in Nurek but were detained after they had hoisted only four flags of the terrorist organization, Judge Saifiddin Pirmukhammadzoda told reporters.

In August 2015, the Tajik Interior Ministry reported the detention of Nurek residents who raised the black ISIL flag in the city center. The ministry said that criminal charges had been brought against the detainees for "public appeals for a violent change of the constitutional system in the Republic of Tajikistan" and "the establishment of a criminal group".