2021-02-09 17:35:00

Tajik authorities classify sentence of opposition Islamic party leader

Dushanbe, February 9, Interfax - Tajik Supreme Court Chairman Shermuhammad Shohiyen has declined to disclose to reporters the length of the prison sentence given to Muhiddin Kabiri, the leader of the opposition Islamic Renaissance Party, banned in Tajikistan, who left the country in 2015.

Shohiyen said that he cannot provide this information because the case is classified.

Kabiri's trial was held in camera in 2018, he said.

"The sentence is marked 'secret' and will not be made public. Therefore, we cannot answer your question about what term the leader of the outlawed Islamic Renaissance Party was sentenced to," Shohiyen said at a press conference in Dushanbe.

Apart from that, the Supreme Court of Tajikistan has begun reviewing the criminal cases opened against 103 people suspected of involvement in the Islamist movement Muslim Brotherhood (an extremist organization, banned in Russia and Tajikistan), he said.

The Tajik authorities banned the Islamic Renaissance Party in late September 2015, after its members were charged with involvement in a mutiny organized by former Tajik Defense Minister Abduhalim Nazarzoda in September 2015. Kabiri left Tajikistan in March 2015 and was placed on the international wanted list.

The Tajik Supreme Court said in 2018 that Kabiri had been charged with murder committed while exceeding the limits of self-defense, with inciting national, racial, parochial, and religious hatred, and with stealing weapons, ammunition, explosives, and explosive devices.

Kabiri's other charges included calls for a forcible change of the constitutional system, an armed mutiny, and an attempt to seize power.