Posted by: becketfund | October 11, 2006

Uzbekistan: Government Sentences Imam to 17 Years in Prison

Forum 18 reports that the Tashkent City Criminal Court sentenced independent imam Ruhiddin Fahrutdinov to 17 years in prison for “religious extremism”. Uzbekistan requires that all mosques submit to the authority of the state-controlled Muslim Board, and frequently charges that independent imams are “Wahhabi”, religious extremists.  Though the country has suffered from extremist violence before, the government so liberally applies the term to anyone outside the government-sponsored muftiate that it has become difficult to know when this is an accurate characterization.

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