SUGHD PROVINCE, Tajikistan -- A court in Isfara has sentenced a local resident to five years in prison for joining a banned Islamic group, reported AsiaPlus.tj Monday (January 29).
Jamoliddin Nizomaddinov, 27, was found guilty of organising activities for an extremist group. He received his sentence last week.
Nizomaddinov joined Jamaat Ansarullah, a Tajik militant group based in Afghanistan, in 2011 while working as a migrant in Russia, said a court source. He was detained by Tajik authorities last August 28.
Jamaat Ansarullah is a branch of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) and receives funding from al-Qaeda, according to Tajik law enforcement.
The Tajik Supreme Court banned the organisation as extremist in May 2012.