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Uzbek Journalist Rejects Charges At Trial

Umida Niyazova (file photo) (Courtesy Photo) April 30, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- The second hearing in the trial of Uzbek independent journalist Umida Niyazova took place in Tashkent today, RFE/RL's Uzbek Service reported.

Niyazova confessed to crossing the border illegally, but pled innocent to smuggling and distributing material that could cause public disorder.

The trial was adjourned until May 1. The first hearing took place 11 days ago (April 19).

Niyazova faces up to 10 years of imprisonment.

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