Uzbek Court Convicts Five of Spying for Tajikistan

by Nathan Hamm on 11/17/2006 · 1 comment

The tit-for-tat charges of espionage between Uzbekistan and Tajikistan against each others’ citizens continues. Earlier, the Uzbek side uncovered a nefarious Tajik plot to murder citizens of Uzbekistan. Then they uncovered another one. Then the Tajiks tossed an Uzbek citizen in jail for spying. And now an Uzbek military court has sentenced five to 15-20 years in prison for spying for Tajikistan.

The court spokesman said, “One of the convicted women had a particular interest in opposition activists, and in the work of religious and extremist groups in the country.”

The military court found guilty of high treason two citizens of Uzbekistan, Nargiza Mukhammadiyeva and Abdugappar Menglikulov. Two citizens of Tajikistan, Nargiza Poyanova and Surai Saminov, and a man without a citizenship, Khudodod Abdullayev were found guilty of espionage.

So, according to the court, Tajikistan may play a role in backing the assorted roster of groups and people disliked by the state.

In other news, Tajikistan has kind of, sort of, but not really apologized for killing an Uzbek border guard in November.

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de November 18, 2006 at 10:55 am

Bond movie started today.

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