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Tajik Prison Rioters Get Extended Jail Terms


http://gdb.rferl.org/631f9087-d4ae-4a92-b452-f18e2890e1be_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/631f9087-d4ae-4a92-b452-f18e2890e1be_mw800_mh600.jpg (RFE/RL) August 1, 2006 -- A regional court in Tajikistan has sentenced 16 defendants to additional jail time for triggering a prison riot in the southwestern town of Qorghan-Teppa in 2005.

The Khatlan regional court on July 31 ruled that the main organizer of the unrest, Bahodur Abdulmajidov, who was an inmate, be given an additional jail term of 29 years and that he should serve it in a high-security penal colony.

Eleven other prisoners received additional jail terms of between six and 25 years.

The court also sentenced four prison wardens to two to three years in jail for negligence.

Abdulmajidov's lawyer told reporters the defendants will appeal the court's verdict within 10 days.

The trial began on May 24.

(Asia-Plus, Avesta)
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