2009-06-19 10:18:00

Convicted extremists set up underground Hizb ut-Tahrir network in Uzbekistan prison

Tashkent, June 19, Interfax - A group of convicted Hizb ut-Tahrir extremists, who continued their illegal activities in prison, has been uncovered in Uzbekistan.

"A group of convicted extremists from the Hizb ut-Tahrir banned religious organization continued to engage in unlawful activities by setting up an underground network at the detention facility 64/29 in Navoiy region [western Uzbekistan]," a law enforcement source told Interfax.

"Twelve members of the banned Hizb ut-Tahrir organization, sentenced to between 9 and 13 years of imprisonment, found themselves on the dock again for continuing their activity while in prison," the source said.

Back in May 2006 they organized a criminal group to spread the organization's extremist ideas, he said.

"Not only did the imprisoned Hizb ut-Tahrir members fail to realize their wrongdoings, they started hiring other inmates to their ranks. Their propaganda of the extremist ideas consisted in the distribution of their leaders' manuscripts among inmates," the source said.

The extremists acted with "utmost precaution," he said. They were preparing "to overthrow the country's constitutional system, to remove the legally elected authorities, and to destroy the country's integrity," the source said. "The number of short-term plans included staging massive prison riots," the source said.

All organizers of the illegal extremist received additional terms following a court decision.