Tajikistan to release BBC reporter

July 14th, 2011 - 9:16 pm ICT by IANS  

Moscow, July 14 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A BBC reporter who was jailed in Tajikistan over alleged links to a banned Islamic group will be released Thursday, the country’s prosecutor general said.

Urunboi Usmonov, 59, was arrested last month on charges of belonging to the radical movement Hizb-ut-Tahrir. Both he and the BBC have denied the charge.

Prosecutor General Sherkhon Samilzoda said the charges against Usmonov will not be dropped and he will be subject to travel restrictions.

Hizb-ut-Tahrir is an international Islamic political organisation whose goal is for all Muslim countries to unify as an Islamic state or caliphate, ruled by Islamic law and with a caliph head of state elected by Muslims.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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