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Uzbek Court Sentences 15 For Terrorist Bombings

7 October 2004 -- An Uzbek court today sentenced 15 people to jail terms for their part in bombings earlier this year in Tashkent and Bukhara.

Seven men and eight women were on trial. All pleaded not guilty and some claimed they were forced to make confessions. Two of the men received 15 and a half year prison terms, while the other men were given prison terms ranging from 11 to 14 years.

Six of the women received prison terms ranging from four to nine years. Two of the women were given three-year suspended sentences for failing to inform authorities of the terrorists' plans.

Forty-seven people died in the attacks in late March and early April, most of them were the attackers. So far, 42 people have been sentenced in connection with the attacks. Scores more are currently on trial or awaiting trial.


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