Sons of Jamaat Ansarullah leader sentenced to prison in Tajikistan


DUSHANBE -- The Tajik Supreme Court has sentenced two sons of late Jamaat Ansarullah (JA) leader Domullo Amriddin (born Amriddin Tabarov) to lengthy prison terms, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Tajik service reported Tuesday (October 22), citing a source at the court.

The court pronounced the sentences August 29, but they became public knowledge only on October 22.

Abdulfattokh and Saidjamoliddin Tabarov received 23- and 16-year sentences, respectively. They were convicted of various offences, including organising a criminal group and calling for the overthrow of the Tajik government.

JA, a pro-Taliban group comprised of Tajik insurgents, arose in Pakistan's tribal areas in the early 1990s and gradually relocated to Afghanistan.

Amriddin, the leader of JA, was killed by Afghan forces in 2015. US forces captured his sons in Afghanistan in 2009.

Tajik authorities extradited the sons from Afghanistan either in 2018 or 2019.

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