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Two Sentenced After Tajik Opposition Leader Pelted With Eggs

Two men have been sentenced to five days in jail in Tajikistan's southern city of Kulob in a case related to an attack against the chairman of the opposition Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (HNIT), Muhiddin Kabiri.

Kulob police officials told RFE/RL that one of the two men sentenced on June 12 is an HNIT member. There was no confirmation of that by the HNIT.

In all, seven suspects were detained after Kabiri was pelted with eggs and tomatoes on a visit to Kulob on June 10.

In April, the HNIT's deputy chairman, Saidumar Husaini, his son, and a member of the party's supreme council were beaten by a group of unknown men in the eastern province of Gorno-Badakhshan.

The HNIT is the only Islamic party in post-Soviet Central Asia that is officially registered and represented in a parliament.