2018-01-11 17:39:00

Brother of leader of Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan calls on extremists to 'open their eyes'

Tashkent, January 11, Interfax - The brother of the leader of the terrorist organization Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (banned in Russia), who has been released from prison, has called on people who were deceived into joining extremist movements to "open their eyes."

Zokhid Yuldashev, the older brother of Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan leader Takhir Yuldashev, was released from prison in late 2017 after serving a 23-year term, Uzbek Internet publications reported on Thursday.

The reforms of Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev are approved by the people, he said.

"I heard the recent address of the president to the parliament. His reforms are aimed at doing good things for the people. It's time for all those who were deceived like us to open their eyes," Yuldashev said.

Zokhid Yuldashev said he started a baking business after leaving prison and wants to open a confectionery workshop.

Thanking local authorities for supporting his business, Yuldashev said he wants to do good things for people.

His brother, Takhir Yuldashev, has been involved in religious and extremist organizations since 1991. In 1993, he went to Afghanistan, where he became one of the founders of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. Videos of his lectures and proclamations are still being disseminated by supporters of radical Muslims in the countries of the region.

According to media reports, Takhir Yuldashev was killed in Pakistan in 2009.

Dozens of human rights activists and people charged with religious extremism were released from prison after Shavkat Mirziyoyev came to power in Uzbekistan.