DUSHANBE -- A lawyer and opposition politician has been sentenced to nine years in prison after being convicted of taking a bribe.
A court in the capital, Dushanbe, convicted and sentenced Shuhrat Qudratov on January 13.
Qudratov is a leader of opposition Social Democratic Party of Tajikistan, which included his name on its list of candidates for March 1 parliamentary election despite his being held in pretrial detention.
Qudratov was detained in July.
He is a lawyer for Zayd Saidov, a businessman and leader of the unregistered opposition party New Tajikistan who was sentenced to 26 years in jail in December 2013 for financial fraud, polygamy, and sexual relations with a minor.
Saidov's lawyers, including Quratov, have denied the charges and claim they are politically motivated.