ISIS recruiter goes on trial in Uzbekistan
MOSCOW, November 28 (RAPSI) - The Kashkadarya Regional Criminal Court of Uzbekistan is trying an Uzbek citizen for participating in military action as a member of ISIS and recruiting supporters, RIA Novosti reports on Friday.
The case materials state that Nodir Zhavliyev, 27, moved to Ufa to get a job and fell under the influence of religious extremists. He joined the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and took part in the group’s military campaigns in Syria and Iraq.
Uzbek investigators revealed that during Zhavliyev’s arrest the police confiscated a flashstick with videos about extremist organizations calling for the destabilization of Uzbekistan.
Allegedly, Zhavliyev planned to recruit new supporters and then return to Syria and Iraq. Participating in terrorist activity in Uzbekistan is punishable by 7 to 25 years in prison if convicted.
Last September, leaders of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan announced that the group was joining the ISIS.
Uzbek police arrest alleged members of the movement on a regular basis. The headquarters of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan is located in Afghanistan and is linked with the Taliban and al Qaeda. The movement was established in 1996 by the activists of political parties that are banned in Uzbekistan and that moved to Afghanistan. Russia, Central Asia and the United States have recognized the group as a terrorist organization.