Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Another Conviction Of Eight Tashkent-Based Muslims

Posted by Info on 12/05/2010

The secret conviction of eight Tashkent-based Muslims for alleged involvement in illegal public or religious organisations became known on 10 May. They received prison terms ranging from three to 10 years.
Relatives of the convicts and human rights activists were told that the ruling would be made public on 10 May.

That the ruling was issued in secret and even the defendants’ lawyers were absent at the trial shows that the charges were trumped up…

The convicts were detained in late December 2009 and early January 2010. It turned out that they had also served prison terms for illegally possessing weapons and drug dealing in the past.

A police officer said on condition of anonymity that it was hard to trump up charges involving weapons because investigators should produce weapons seized from suspects as evidence at the trial, so he believes they were found guilty of illegally possessing weapons.

“The judge turned down a motion to question the defence’s witnesses and the judge did not give the defendants any chance to prove their innocence,” said Ikramov, Independent Human Rights Activists.

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