Trial starts for suspect in killings of foreign tourists in Tajikistan


DUSHANBE -- A man who swore allegiance to the "Islamic State" (IS) before allegedly killing four foreign bicyclists in Tajikistan went on trial Tuesday (October 23). The trial is closed to the public.

Tajikistan's Supreme Court spokesperson told AFP Tuesday the trial for the "brutal murder of four foreign cyclists" had begun in the suspect's high-security detention centre.

Hussein Abdusamadov, 33, has already confessed to the July slayings of two Americans, a Dutchman and a Swiss man.

A car hit the victims as they pedalled back from the remote Pamir Highway before men emerged from the car and attacked them with knives and firearms.

Police killed four of Abdusamadov's accomplices in a manhunt.

Besides Abdusamadov, 16 other defendants stand accused of not giving the police information that could have prevented the attack, a source in the police told AFP.

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