Authorities refrain to make public information about how long the prison sentence for IRPT leader is

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The Supreme Court Chairman Shermuhammad Shohiyon told reporters in Dushanbe yesterday that details of Kabiri’s case cannot be disclosed since the trial had been held behind closed doors and the case was classified as ‘top secret.’

Muhiddin Kabiri became the IRPT's leader in August 2006 after the death of Said Abdullo Nuri, a signatory to the 1997 peace accord on behalf of the opposition. Before it was banned by the government, the IRPT was the second-largest political party in Tajikistan, with around 40,000 officially registered members. However, it had steadily been losing prominence: In Tajikistan's March 2015 parliamentary elections, the IRPT lost its last two seats in parliament and its last government posts.

In June 2015, the party had its registration taken away and when the Deputy Defense Minister Abdulhalim Nazarzoda rebelled in early September 2015, Tajik authorities connected Nazarzoda to the IRPT.

The party was banned in September 2015 and not long after declared an extremist group.

The IRPT was the only registered Islamic party in Central Asia. The IRPT spoke against radical Islamic groups in Afghanistan and Pakistan, in Iraq and Syria.

In 2017, Tajikistan amended legislation to allow courts to try and sentence suspects in absentia. Kabiri's trial in absentia started in February 2018 (Kabiri left the country in March 2015). In the closed-door proceedings, he reportedly faced 16 charges, including inciting racial, national, regional, or religious hatred and plotting the violent overthrow of the government.

In early October 2018, Tajikistan's Supreme Court found Kabiri guilty and sentenced him to a lengthy prison term. Information about just how long the prison sentence was, and of what charges Kabiri was found guilty, was not made public.

Source: Asia plus