Tajik citizen sentenced to prison for joining Jamaat Ansarullah


SUGHD PROVINCE, Tajikistan -- A court in Isfara has sentenced a local resident to five years in prison for joining a banned Islamic group, reported 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.

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