Convicted Tajik militant receives life sentence as instigator of prison riot


DUSHANBE -- A convicted "Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan" (IMU) member saw his sentence extended to life imprisonment after the Tajik Supreme Court convicted him of instigating a deadly prison riot last November in Khujand, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)'s Tajik service reported Tuesday (August 13).

The trial of Amirali Davlatov and 32 other prison inmates took place behind closed doors, with the verdicts coming down at the end of July, according to RFE/RL. The Supreme Court has said nothing about the trial.

An unspecified number of the defendants, like Davlatov, reportedly received longer prison sentences for their role in the riot.

Davlatov was sentenced to 19 years in prison in March 2014 for being a member of an eight-member IMU cell plotting various terrorist acts nationwide.

His wife maintains his innocence, saying he was with her and their children in a family visit room at the prison during the riot.

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