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Radio Free Europe Says Uzbek Reporter Jailed

Radio Free Europe Says Uzbek Reporter Jailed

“This was a kangaroo court,” the statement quoted the station’s President Thomas A. Dine as saying. Thomas Dine, head of Radio Free Europe, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines.

Radio Free Europe Says Uzbek Reporter Jailed

Radio Free Europe Says Uzbek Reporter Jailed

Created: 30.08.2005 18:36 MSK (GMT +3), Updated: 18:36 MSK


An Uzbekistan court has jailed a correspondent for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty for six months for insulting a security official, the Reuters news agency reports, quoting the station’s Tuesday broadcast.

Authorities in Central Asian Uzbekistan, who tolerate little dissent, have come under intense international scrutiny since a May crackdown when witnesses said troops killed hundreds of protesters in the eastern town of Andijan.

Nosir Zokirov, the radio station’s correspondent in Namangan, near Andijan, was tried without a defense lawyer and without any examination of witnesses, the Prague-based station said in a statement.

“This was a kangaroo court,” the statement quoted the station’s President Thomas A. Dine as saying. Radio Free Europe is funded by the U.S. Congress.

“The sentencing of Nosir Zokirov on such an absurd charge marks a new low in an intensifying campaign against him and (our) other correspondents,” Dine said.

The charge related to an angry telephone call Zokirov made to the Namangan office of the National Security Service to protest about pressure on a local poet, the statement said.

Court officials could not immediately be reached for comment. Svetlana Artykova, a spokeswoman for the Prosecutor General’s office, said: “I cannot comment on the actions of the courts .... the judiciary in our country is independent.”

Witnesses say some 500 people were killed in Andijan when troops were sent in to quell an uprising. Officials say the death toll was 187 and that most of these were armed people with links to Islamic extremism.

President Islam Karimov says his tough methods are necessary to prevent Islamic extremists seizing power in his Muslim ex-Soviet state, which borders Afghanistan.

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