Investigation into cases of arrested leading members of the banned IRP nears completion

11/01/2016 11:31
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DUSHANBE, January 11, 2016, Asia-Plus – Investigation into cases of arrested leading embers and activities of the banned Islamic Revival Party (IRP) is nearing completion, an official source at one of Tajikistan’s power-wielding structures told Asia-Plus in an interview.

According to him, the cases are expected to move to the Supreme Court at the end of this month.  “Some of the detainees have already familiarized themselves with their cases materials.” The source said.

We will recall that the Tajik authorities have arrested 23 leading members and activists of the IRP, alleging their direct involvement into the September 4 attacks’ masterminding.

According to RFE/RL’s Tajik Service, the Supreme Court sentenced Hasan Rahimov, the IRP head in Khatlon’s Farkhor district to nine years in prison on November 30.   The sentence followed his conviction on charges of terrorism, religious extremism. Inciting racial and religious enmity and illegally possessing weapons.

The ruling against Hasan Rahimov was reportedly the first sentencing for 23 IRP officials, who have been jailed or placed under investigation since the party was outlawed.

Tajikistan’s Supreme Court banned the Islamic Revival Party (IRP) as terrorist group on September 29 on the basis of a suit filed by the Prosecutor-General’s Office.  The Supreme Court ruled that the IRP should be included on a blacklist of extremist and terrorist organizations.  The verdict forces the closure of the IRPT's official newspaper Najot (Salvation) and bans the distribution of any video, audio, or printed materials related to the party's activities.


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