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Tashkent:Trial Of Journalist Behind Closed Doors After All Were Tortured

Posted by Info on 01/05/2010

The trial of a well-known journalist Hayrullo Hamidov, 35 and a further 14 suspects accused of taking part in illegal religious organisations and threatening public security started at Tashkent Region’s Yangiyul District criminal court. The pretext for Hamidov arrest was his speech about the Salafia Islamic movement at a birthday party earlier this year.

Surat Ikramov, the head of the Initiative Group of Independent Human Rights Activists of Uzbekistan, said that the charges against the suspects had been trumped up. He noted that almost all of them had been tortured during the investigation.
“The trail is held behind closed doors. Police blocked roads in a radius of two kilometres from the court building, while the suspects’ relatives, journalists and human rights activists are not allowed to attend the trial.”

“We tried to help his [the journalist’s] family pay for a lawyer’s services, but we tumbled into the deaf wall of fear. We tried to use Hamidov’s friends but in vain. His former colleagues we were told were his friends turned way from him,” a stringer for Reporters Without Borders told Uznews.net.

Hamidov was detained on 21 January after police searched his flat and seized video, audio and printing material on religious topics.

The Yangiyul district court has claimed notoriety after it jailed 11 people for five to seven years for taking part in illegal religious organisations earlier this month. In addition the trial of 15 suspects, it has also started the trial of 13 citizens on the same charges.

One Response to “Tashkent:Trial Of Journalist Behind Closed Doors After All Were Tortured”

  1. […] behind closed doors, allegations of torture Posted on 1 May, 2010 by Valentina Spiga (Eurasia LIFT) The trial of a well-known journalist Hayrullo Hamidov, 35 and a further 14 suspects accused of […]

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