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Jailed Tajik Opposition Politician's Lawyer Remanded In Custody

Tajik lawyer Jamshed Yorov (file photo)
Tajik lawyer Jamshed Yorov (file photo)

Relatives of a lawyer for a jailed Tajik opposition politician who was linked by authorities to a September 2015 attempted coup say he has been sent to pretrial detention.

Attorney Jamshed Yorov's relatives told RFE/RL on August 29 that the court in Dushanbe had ordered Yorov's detention for two months. They say the court order was issued on August 26.

Yorov was detained on August 22 on allegations that he disclosed information about a closed-door ruling by Tajikistan's Supreme Court regarding members of the banned opposition Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT).

Yorov represented Muhammadali Hayit, the deputy chairman of the IRPT, during a closed-door trial against him earlier in the summer.

The trial court in June sentenced Hayit and another party deputy, Saidumar Husaini, to life in prison.

The trial court in Dushanbe found Hayit and Husaini, along with several other members of the party, guilty of conspiring with former Defense Minister Abduhalim Nazarzoda in what authorities said was an armed bid to seize power in September 2015.

IRPT leader Muhiddin Kabiri, who now lives in exile in an undisclosed country, has rejected the accusations.

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