October 23, 2006 -- The human rights group Amnesty International is urging Russia not to deport an Uzbek national accused of terrorism in his Central Asian homeland.
A statement by Amnesty says Rustam Muminov is at risk of death if extradited.
Last week, a Moscow court ordered Muminov deported for not having a Russian residency permit. In Uzbekistan, Muminov is accused of being a member of Hizb ut-Tahrir, an Islamic group banned in Russia and Central Asia.
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)