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Court In Siberia Jails Kyrgyz Recruiter For Hizb Ut-Tahrir

  • RFE/RL

A court in Siberia has sentenced a Kyrgyz national to five years in jail for recruiting members to the banned Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir.

The Prosecutor-General’s Office in Russia’s Tyva region said on June 10 that Azamat Kasymbek-Uulu, a native of Bishkek, had pleaded guilty.

Hizb ut-Tahrir is a London-based Sunni organization that seeks to unite all Muslim countries into an Islamic caliphate.

Russia's Supreme Court banned Hizb ut-Tahrir in 2003, branding its members and supporters as "extremists."

The group is also banned in Kyrgyzstan and other Central Asian countries.

Kyrgyz authorities say Hizb ut-Tahrir is part of a strategy by Al-Qaeda and Islamic State militants to radicalize young people and recruit them to fight in Syria and Iraq.

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