Accessibility links

Breaking News

Alleged Islamic Militants' Trial Adjourns In Kyrgyzstan

(RFE/RL) PRAGUE, August 29, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- The trial of six alleged Islamic militants accused of involvement in a series of armed attacks on Kyrgyz and Tajik border posts last May briefly resumed today.

RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reported that the hearings adjourned after a while because lawyers for two of the defendants and some witnesses failed to appear in court.

The trial is due to resume on August 30.

One of the defendants is a woman. Another one is reportedly a Tajik citizen. All six are suspected of belonging to the banned Hizb ut-Tahrir and Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan radical religious groupings.

The May 12 attack, which took place in Kyrgyzstan's Batken region, claimed the lives of several Kyrgyz and Tajik border guards.

(with and AKIpress)

Hizb Ut-Tahrir

Hizb Ut-Tahrir

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)


Russia Approves List Of 17 'Terrorist' Groups

Extremist Threats, And Doubts, In Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan

Hizb Ut-Tahrir’s Calls For Islamic State Find Support

Hizb Ut-Tahrir Challenges Britian's Proposed Ban

Lone Islamic Party Pursues Dual Path In Tajikistan

A thematic webpage devoted to issues of religious tolerance in RFE/RL's broadcast region and around the globe.

RFE/RL has been declared an "undesirable organization" by the Russian government.

If you are in Russia and hold a Russian passport or are a stateless person residing permanently in Russia, please note that you could face fines or imprisonment for sharing, liking, commenting on, or saving our content, or for contacting us.

To find out more, click here.