Tajikistan arrests 23 opposition leaders

Tajikistan announces arrest of 23 leaders from banned Islamic opposition party

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Tajikistan announced on Tuesday that 23 leaders of an Islamic opposition party were arrested after the Central Asian state banned and branded it as a "terrorist organisation."

Tajikistan’s ban on the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT) known as the opposition to President Emomali Rakhmon’s two-decade rule that have been criticised by some civil rights organisations and different international actors.

The state prosecutor said in a statement that individuals were held on charges including "terrorism" and "organising a criminal group" following deadly violence that erupted last month.

The country’s supreme court accepted a request from the prosecutor to ban the IRPT which was legally registered after a civil war in 1990’s.

The supreme court also branded IRPT as a terrorist organisation.

Tajik government already blamed IRPT prior to an uprising led by then-deputy defence minister, which left more than 40 dead.

Tajikistan accused IRPT of instructing General Abduhalim Nazarzoda, who was killed during a government military operation to lead attacks on state forces in the capital Dushanbe.

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