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Court In Adygeya Sentences Jordanian Citizen For Abetting Resistance

In a further indication of the extent to which the North Caucasus resistance has become internationalized and of the mobility of its members, a court in Adygeya has sentenced Fuad Saleh Maslamani, a 22-year-old citizen of Jordan -- presumably a Circassian -- on charges of joining an "illegal armed formation" in July 2008.

The armed formation in question is said to have been based in a mountain region of Daghestan, and to have numbered more than 15 people. Maslamani was responsible for the security of the group and its permanent base, and for teaching its members Arabic.

It is not clear when and in what circumstances he was apprehended, nor why the court sentenced him to only one year in prison.

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This blog presents analyst Liz Fuller's personal take on events in the region, following on from her work in the "RFE/RL Caucasus Report." It also aims, to borrow a metaphor from Tom de Waal, to act as a smoke detector, focusing attention on potential conflict situations and crises throughout the region. The views are the author's own and do not represent those of RFE/RL.


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