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Russian Court Convicts Hizb Ut-Tahrir Activist


9 September 2005 -- A man accused of being an activist of the banned Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir has been convicted of extremist activities by a court in Siberia.

Russian news reports say Eduard Khusainov was given a 4 1/2-year suspended sentence by a court in Nizhnevartovsk, a town located amid major oil fields in western Siberia.

Khusainov was accused of involvement in Hizb ut-Tahrir, a radical Islamic group that has been outlawed in Russia and several other former Soviet states.

Hizb ut-Tahrir, which originated in the Middle East and whose Arabic name means Party of Liberation, says it disavows violence in its quest to create an Islamic caliphate in Central Asia.

(AP)

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