March 15, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- A court in Uzbekistan has sentenced an Uzbek man to 5 1/2 years in prison after convicting him of belonging to the banned Islamist Hizb ut-Tahrir group, RFE/RL Uzbek Service reported.
Rustam Muminov was deported to Uzbekistan from Russia last October. He was wanted in his home country for allegedly taking part in violence during protests in the eastern city of Andijon in May 2005.
(with material from Interfax)
Arms and leaflets allegedly confiscated from Hizb ut-Tahrir members in Kyrgyzstan in May (RFE/RL)
ATTRACTIVE TO THE YOUNG: It is virtually impossible to estimate the size or composition of Hizb ut-Tahrir's membership in Central Asia, because the controversial movement is banned in most places. But some observers say anecdotal evidence suggests the group's core of younger members is growing....(more)