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Uzbekistan’s Hidden Trials -To Prevent Info About Abuse In Detention

Posted by Info on 05/03/2010

Human rights defenders in Uzbekistan have discovered that trials of alleged Islamic radicals are taking place across the country in secrecy, with no one allowed access to the courtroom. They fear the tactic is designed to prevent information about abuse in detention leaking out,

The Initiative Group of Independent Human Rights Defenders reports that one secret trial that ended on February 26 involved a group of 15 people accused of anti-constitutional activity, membership of Islamic extremist groups and “inciting ethnic and religious animosity”. Sentence had yet to be passed, but the law prescribes prison terms of 15 to 20 years for such offences. Around 70 people are believed to be standing trial in this case.

“All the accused have been forced to take [defence] lawyers provided by the state, and these have been required by investigators to sign statements that they would not reveal information about proceedings in the courtroom,” said Surat Ikramov, head of the Initiative Group, referring to both the trials in Chirchik. The accusations were handed to the lawyers before the trial started, and taken away from them when it ended, so as to prevent information leaking out.There are fears that defendants may have made confessions under torture, and in court they will talk about this and say they didn’t do what they are accused of doing”.

One Response to “Uzbekistan’s Hidden Trials -To Prevent Info About Abuse In Detention”

  1. […] hidden trials Posted on 6 March, 2010 by valentinaspiga (Eurasia Lift) Human rights defenders in Uzbekistan have discovered that trials of alleged Islamic radicals are […]

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