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Tajikistan Asks Russia To Detain And Deport 41 Suspected Islamic Militants

Posted by Info on 01/05/2010

Tajik officials have asked Russia to detain and deport 41 people suspected of belonging to the banned Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.

Tajik General Rauf Yusufov, the senior Interior Ministry official in Tajikistan’s northern Sughd Province, said on April 28 that all of the suspects are from Sughd. He said most currently live in or near Moscow and maintain ties with IMU members inside Tajikistan. Yusufov claimed that the Moscow-based suspects are raising funds to support the IMU in northern Tajikistan. He also alleged that they force Tajik labor migrants in Russia to join the IMU and to pay membership fees.

Last year the head of the IMU in Isfara, Anvar Qayumov, was detained in Afghanistan and deported to Tajikistan where he was sentenced to life imprisonment. At least 16 other suspected IMU members were jailed in Tajikistan last year, four of them for life.

One Response to “Tajikistan Asks Russia To Detain And Deport 41 Suspected Islamic Militants”

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