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New Case Against Jailed Tajik Businessman Sent To Court

DUSHANBE -- A new criminal case against a jailed Tajik opposition businessman has been sent to a court in Dushanbe.

Tajikistan's Anticorruption Agency said on January 20 that the new case against Zayd Saidov includes forgery, abuse of office, embezzlement and tax evasion.

Saidov, 55, was sentenced to 26 years in jail in December 2013, after he was found guilty of financial fraud, polygamy, and sexual relations with a minor.

He was arrested earlier in 2013, after having criticized President Imomali Rahmon's government ahead of that year's presidential election.

Saidov is the leader of the unregistered New Tajikistan opposition party. He has denied all charges, saying they are politically motivated.