2016-05-19 11:29:00

Imams of five mosques detained in Tajikistan on extremism accusations

Moscow, May 19, Interfax - The imams of five mosques have been detained in the Konibodom District in Tajikistan's northern Sughd Region on suspicion of extremism, Radio Ozodi, which is part of the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty service for Tajikistan, reported on Thursday, citing the republic's law enforcement agencies.

The detained imams have been accused of calling on people to join the war in Syria, as well as of being involved with the Muslim Brotherhood extremist organization.

According to Radio Ozodi, those detained include the Savr mosque's chief imam Alisher Olimov, Zardbed mosque imam Kobil Sanginov, his aide Gufron Anvarov, Dehkonobod mosque imam Dovud Ohunov, and Konibodom's Nuri Islom mosque imam Khurshed Bofarov. They were all taken to a pre-trial detention center in the city of Khujand.

Six imams, who were also accused of involvement with the Muslim Brotherhood, were detained in the Sughd Region in March.

The Muslim Brotherhood is an Islamic movement which was established in Egypt at the end of the 1920s. The organization has been outlawed in Egypt, Russia and a number of other countries. Tajikistan outlawed it in 2006.