Urunboy Usmonov
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Tajikistan convicts BBC reporter Urunboy Usmonov

A BBC reporter convicted of complicity in the activities of a banned Islamist organisation has vowed to appeal.

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 has strongly condemned the verdict, insisting Mr Usmonov was carrying out journalistic duties.

  • 14 Oct 2011
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