2008-12-18 14:08:00

More than 20 Hizb ut-Tahrir members convicted in Russia in 2008

Moscow, December 18, Interfax - More than 20 members of the international terrorist organization Hizb ut-Tahrir were convicted in Russia this year, Federal Security Service Director Alexander Bortnikov told chiefs of Russia's leading media on Thursday.

"Twenty-three heads and members of the international terrorist organization Hizb ut-Tahrir were convicted, and another ten faced criminal charges," he said.

In addition, Russia extradited five members of the international terrorist organization Islamic Party of Turkestan.

Security services stopped the criminal activities of individuals related to international criminal organizations. Those individuals formed extremist groups in Tatarstan, Bashkortostan and Udmurtia and recruited Russian citizens to terrorist training camps based abroad, he said.