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Tajik Islamic Renaissance Party activists facing charges

September 17, 2015, 11:37 UTC+3 DUSHANBE

Local media say some 15 to 20 activists were detained

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DUSHANBE, September 17. /TASS/. Activists from the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan, accused of ties with rebels and of supplying them with weapons, will shortly face charges, a source from Tajik secret services told Tass on Thursday without elaborating.

Local media say some 15 to 20 activists were detained. Accusations of ties with rebels and weapons supplies appeared in the government news agency Khovar during an anti-terrorist operation to liquidate a terrorist group led by Deputy Defense Minister, General Abdukhalim Nazarzoda.

Back at the end of August, Tajik Justice Ministry sent a notification to the party leadership, demanding party’s voluntary dissolution within ten days because of "the absence of trust from the population" as well as dissolution of grassroot organizations in most regions of the country

On September 4, rebellious General Abdukhalim Nazarzoda together with his supporters staged two terrorist attacks in Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe and Vahdat, in the country’s west. Nazarzoda seized a large amount of weapons and hid in the Ramit Gorge. Nine police officers were killed as a result of the criminals' attacks and 12 others were wounded. More than 100 terrorists have been detained in an anti-terrorist operation that followed the attacks.

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