TASHKENT -- The imam of a Tashkent mosque has proposed reimposing the death penalty for those who support the ideas of extremist and terrorist organisations, including the banned Hizb ut-Tahrir and 'Islamic State' (IS) groups, 1news.uz reported Thursday (November 30).
Uzbekistan abolished the death penalty January 1, 2008.
"It is necessary to apply [the death penalty for extremists and terrorism] like in other Islamic countries," Shermurad Togay, imam of the Tinchlik (Peace) mosque, said on his Facebook page.
The state should not "spare the enemies of our religion and people", who prevent further development of the country, Togay said. Such offenders do not even deserve the free room and board of prison, he said.
In his Facebook post, Togay made clear that he was giving his personal opinion, not a fatwa.
With the 'Islamic State' on the verge of defeat, Kazakhstanis who joined the group are likely to begin returning home, where they will face anti-terrorism measures.
Popular support in Central Asia for Islamist insurgencies in the Middle East and beyond is waning.