Accessibility links

Uzbek Court Jails Three Hizb ut-Tahrir Members --> Uzbeks at prayer in the capital, Tashkent ( June 27, 2006 (RFE/RL) – A court in the Uzbek capital Tashkent has sentenced three people on charges of belonging to the banned Islamic radical grouping Hizb ut-Tahrir, RFE/RL's Uzbek Service reported.

Surat Ikramov, who heads the Center for Human Rights Initiatives in Tashkent, told RFE/RL that Khairulla Mavlonov, Anvarkhoja Turakhojaev, and Makhmud Khoshimov were sentenced on June 26 to jail terms of between six and 10 years.

The men will serve their sentences in a maximum-security penal colony.

Moscow-based Prima News, a news agency focused on human rights issues, quotes Mavlonov's lawyer, Khusan Makhbubov, as saying the charges were fabricated and that the court ignored testimony from witnesses for the defense.

Religion And Tolerance

A thematic webpage devoted to issues of religious tolerance in RFE/RL's broadcast region and around the globe.