The Ismoil Somoni District Court of the city of Dushanbe confirmed that a sentence was handed down against Maksud Ibragimov, a leader of the Youth of Tajikistan for Revival movement.
On 24 July 2015 he was sentenced to 17 years of imprisonment, not 13 years as we previously reported on 15 July 2015 in a press release “In Dushanbe Maksud Ibragimov a leader ofthe Youth of Tajikistan for Revival movement is sentenced”.
In 2004 Maqsud Ibragimov renounced citizenship of Tajikistan and acquired citizenship of the Russian Federation. He has been in permanent residence in Russia for more than 10 years.
On 26 November 2014 Maksud Ibragimov was attacked in Moscow. He was stabbed, causing substantial damage his health.
According to his relatives, in January officers of the Metgorodok Department of the MIA arrested Maksud Ibragimov at his home. Later, he was brought to the Preobrazhensk Prosecutor’s Office of the city of Moscow. He submitted a complaint about his kidnapping in November and was released. When Maksud Ibragimov left the building of the Prosecutor’s Office, some unidentified men were waiting for him. Against his will, they took Maksud Ibrahimov to the airport and was sent to Dushanbe, undocumented, in the luggage compartment. Upon arrival, Ibragimov was forced under torture to say that he came to Tajikistan voluntarily.
The official statement issued by the press office of the Court reads “At the Court hearing on 24 June, Maksud Mukhidinovich Ibragimov was sentenced to 17 years of imprisonment. This individual is found guilty of committing series of crimes, under Articles 307, part 3 (Public Calls to Forcible Changing the Constitutional System of the Republic of Tajikistan committed on the instructions of hostilely incited organisations and representatives of foreign states); 307, part 2 (Public Calls to Forcible Changing the Constitutional System of the Republic of Tajikistan committed by an organised group); and part 1 (Public Calls to extremist activities and Organisation of extremist community); 187, part 1 (Organising of a criminal community for committing felonies or especially grievous crimes) and part 2 (Participation in a criminal community) of the Criminal Code of Tajikistan and is sentenced to 17 years of imprisonment to be served in a maximum security prison”.
We learned that Maksud Ibragimov is appealing against the Sentence.
Meanwhile, prosecution of the members of Youth of Tajikistan for Rival movement and the opposition Group 24, which are members of the New Tajikistan coalition continues.
Our previous publications on this topic:
— press release "Belarus: imprisoned Shabnam Khudoydodova from Tajikistan was allowed to meet with a lawyer" dated 20 July 2015;
— press release "In Dushanbe Maksud Ibragimov a leader of the Youth of Tajikistan for Revival movement is sentenced " dated 15 July 2015;
— press release "A member of Group 24 of Tajikistan Shabnam Khudoydodova arrested in Belarus" dated 18 June 2015;
— press release "Turkey: Leader of the Tajik opposition Umarali Kuvatov murdered in Istanbul" dated 5 March 2015;
— press release "Arrests of the Tajik activists. In Moscow, Maksud Ibragimov is missing" dated 26 January 2015;
— press release "Turkey: the leader of «Group 24» Umarali Kuvatov faces a threat of extradition" dated 13 January 2015;
— press release" Turkey: the leader of «Goup 24» Umarali Kuvatov is detained" dated 20 December 2014;
— press release "Russia: an attempt on the life of a member of the Tajik opposition Maksud Ibragimov" dated 1 December 2014.