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BBC condemns conviction of reporter Urunboy Usmonov

The BBC has strongly condemned the conviction of one of its reporters in Tajikistan, of complicity in the activities of a banned Islamist organisation.

Urunboy Usmonov, 60, was sentenced to three years in jail over alleged connections to the Hizb ut-Tahrir group, but the judge granted him an amnesty and ordered his release.

The BBC's Director of Global News, Peter Horrocks, said Mr Usmonov was simply carrying out his job and condemned the treatment of Mr Usmonov in prison.

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