“The suspects were allegedly members of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (MIO),” an organization whose founders “aimed to overthrow the government and create an Islamic state under Sharia law.”
“Three Tajiks sentenced for preparing attacks: court,” from Agence France-Presse:
Dushanbe. Three Tajiks accused of being members of a militant Islamic group were sentenced on Wednesday to between 10 and 17 years in prison for allegedly preparing attacks, a court official said.
The three had “prepared themselves to carry out attacks but were arrested by the police,” the official from the Sogd court in northern Tajikistan said.
Police seized bomb-making materials and arms during a search of their home, he said.
The suspects were allegedly members of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (MIO). They were also found guilty of organising an army and calling for the overthrow of the government by force.
The MIO was formed in 1988 by former Soviet paratrooper Juma Namangani and the Islamic ideologue Tohir Yuldashev — both ethnic Uzbeks who aimed to overthrow the government and create an Islamic state under Sharia law.