Uzbekistani authorities arrest 4 Hizb ut-Tahrir suspects in Tashkent



Uzbekistani Interior Ministry (MVD) Academy cadets practice apprehending criminals in Tashkent in December 2015. [File]

TASHKENT -- Uzbekistan's law enforcement agencies have detained four suspects, including two women, accused of creating a cell of the banned extremist organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT) in Tashkent, reported Tuesday (December 12).

Three detainees are in custody, while the fourth -- a single mother of three children -- is under house arrest, a police official told RIA Novosti Monday (December 11).

During searches of the suspects' residences, police seized electronic storage devices containing banned extremist literature and videos and notes on the ideas of HT.

The suspects were charged with the "creation, leadership [or] participation in ... extremist, separatist, fundamentalist or other prohibited organisations".

If convicted, they face 5 to 15 years in prison.

In November 2016, the Fergana Provincial Criminal Court sentenced 15 HT followers to prison terms ranging from 7 to 10 years. The convicts had planned to go to Syria and Iraq to undergo combat training by terrorist groups.

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