2009-08-03 10:07:00

Russian Supreme Court upholds banning Islamic organization as extremist

Moscow, August 3, Interfax - The Appeal Board of the Russian Supreme Court has upheld a ruling on finding the religious organization Tablighi Jamaat as extremist and banning its activities in Russia.

"The decision has been left unchanged, and the appeal was turned down," Supreme Court spokesman Pavel Odintsov told Interfax.

The Supreme Court granted a Prosecutor General's Office request on finding Tablighi Jamaat as an extremist organization in early May.

Tablighi Jamaat, whose headquarters are in India, is engaged in propagating Islam worldwide.

Media sometimes call the organization "an invisible legion of jihad."

Meanwhile, the Prosecutor General's Office website reported that the court had resolved that the activities of Tablighi Jamaat's structural divisions "threaten interethnic and inter-religious stability in Russian society and territorial integrity of the Russian Federation."

"The said religious association's purposes include the establishment of global supremacy through disseminating a radical form of Islam and the foundation of a unified Islamic state called the Global Caliphate on the basis of regions with traditionally Muslim populations," it said.

The law enforcement agencies of some Central Asian states consider Tablighi Jamaat a potential threat to their national security. In Tajikistan, Tablighi Jamaat's activities were earlier banned by a court.

Tablighi Jamaat is not officially registered anywhere.