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Citizen of Uzbekistan convicted of participation in a terrorist organization

The State Security Service reported on sentencing of an Uzbek citizen who collaborated with a terrorist organization.


That was a resident of Namangan, born in 1999, who left for for seasonal work in Istanbul, Turkey, in September 2020.


While working in a sewing shop, he regularly listened to the preaching of the former leader of the Katibat al Tawhid wal Jihad terrorist organization Abu Salah via the Internet. “As a result, he developed extremist views,” the report says.


Later he decided to join the ranks of the militants of this organization and met two of its members on the Internet. In January 2021, following their instructions, he moved to Syria.


After undergoing combat training in Syria, the person, according to the State Security Service, was involved in the protection of the territory where the Katibat al Tawhid wal Jihad was based.


“As part of countering terrorism, the person’s activities were suppressed in June 2022, and he was brought back to Uzbekistan, where a criminal case was initiated against him by the Investigation Department of the State Security Service,” the statement says.


According to the verdict of the Turakurgan District Court for Criminal Cases, this citizen was found guilty under Part 1 of Article 155-2 (Training, leaving or moving for the purpose of carrying out terrorist activities) and Part 1 of Article 244-2 (Creation, leadership and participation in religious extremist, separatist, fundamentalist or other prohibited organizations) of the Criminal Code and sentenced to 9 years in prison.