Tajikistan – Extremism – Internet – Court – ISIS – Daesh

Tajikistan Jails Teen for 10.5 Years for ISIS Recruitment

Tajikistan Jails Teen for 10.5 Years for ISIS Recruitment
Thu Aug 4, 2016 13:46:26

A court in ex-Soviet Tajikistan sentenced a 16-year-old boy to 10.5 years in jail for calling Tajiks on social media to join the Islamic State (ISIS / Daesh / ISIL) group, a court official told AFP Thursday.

The official said a “schoolboy from the northern Sugd region operating under the pseudonym Hidoyatullo” had attracted a 1,000-strong following on the Russian social network, Odnoklassniki.

The official did not name the schoolboy, citing his status as a minor, but confirmed the length of the sentence, which was handed down on Wednesday.

In December, a Tajik court sentenced seven people, three of whom were minors, to terms between seven and 27 years in jail for raising the Islamic State (ISIS / Daesh / ISIL) group’s flag in the south of the country.

The government has said up to 1,000 nationals, including the former chief of the interior ministry’s Special Forces unit, have left the country to join the terrorist group fighting in Iraq and Syria.

Social media users in the Central Asian state moreover complain of regularly losing access to Russian social networks, as well as Facebook and YouTube.

The government has denied authorizing the blocks but consistently highlights social media’s purported role in spreading extremist ideas.

Tajikistan’s foreign minister Sirodjidin Aslov was in Washington Wednesday to meet US Secretary of State John Kerry and the foreign ministers of four other Central Asian republics.

The meeting was the second of its kind in the so-called “C5+1” framework that Washington is using to promote cooperation with the economically depressed region bordering Afghanistan.

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