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Alleged Islamist Leader On Trial In Uzbekistan

(RFE/RL) September 22, 2006 -- Independent news reports from Uzbekistan say the trial of an alleged leader of the banned Hizb ut-Tahrir radical Islamic grouping opened on September 21 in Tashkent.

Komiljon Usmanov faces charges of threatening Uzbekistan's constitutional order and public security.

Usmanov, who is now 33, was sentenced in 2001 to 10 years in jail on similar charges, but was then freed under an amnesty.

He denies the accusations brought against him.


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Arms and leaflets allegedly confiscated from Hizb ut-Tahrir members in Kyrgyzstan in May (RFE/RL)

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