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Son Of Uzbek Rights Activist Convicted

(RFE/RL) September 25, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- A court in the Uzbek city of Jizzakh today convicted Ikhtiyor Khamroev on charges of hooliganism and sentenced him to three years in jail, RFE/RL's Uzbek Service reports.

Ikhtiyor, 21, is the son of human rights activist Bakhtiyor Khamroev. Ikhtiyor was arrested in July.

Local rights organizations have linked the court case against Ikhtiyor with the work of his father.

Meanwhile, a Tashkent criminal court has sentenced seven people to between 10 and 13 years in prison for religious extremism.

Uzbek rights campaigner Surat Ikramov says all seven defendants reportedly confessed to being members of the banned radical religious grouping Hizb ut-Tahrir. Ikramov quoted lawyers for the defendants as saying their clients pleaded guilty under duress.

The verdict was reached behind closed doors on September 23.

(with, uznews)

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