Posted by: becketfund | June 24, 2009

Tajikistan: Government Arrests Members of Banned Islamic Movement

DUSHANBE – On June 23 the government arrested Mullo Sirodzhiddin, the alleged leader of the banned Islamic movement Salafiya, and close to 40 of his followers, while they were attending a sermon at a mosque, on charges of inciting religious hatred, AP reported on June 24.  Authorities accuse the group of espousing an extremist religious ideology.  If charged, those arrested could face up to 12 years in jail.  The Salayfia movement is an ultraconservative Islamic movement and many of Salafiya’s members received their religious training at madrassas, or religious schools, in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

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