August 12, 2008

Uzbek Documentary Features Woman Jailed on Extremism Charges

A woman was sentenced to a long prison term for joining a Jihadists extremist sect and planning to send Uzbek citizens to "terrorist" camps in foreign countries, said a film entitled "Cracks in a cut glass" broadcast on Uzbek TV's First Channel on 11 August.

Various terrorist groups try to hire people in foreign countries to achieve their goals, the programme said. "Such individuals, who hire people, came to Uzbekistan from Pakistan in summer 2007. In the guise of businessmen, they tried to keep secret their real goal. What they really wanted was to take Uzbek women to terrorist camps in foreign countries and to train them to perform kamikaze acts with the aim of sending them to Uzbekistan or other countries. They have found an accomplice [in Uzbekistan] to help them to achieve their goals. It was a woman called Nodira Niyozova," the programme went on to say.

"Nodira Niyozova, born in 1975, was married with four children. She become a member of the Jihadists extremist sect and tried to accomplish the sect's goals by cooperating with traitors from Pakistan" the film went on to say.

Over video of CDs and leaflets, the film said that "Nodira Niyozova wittingly intended to hand in Uzbek women to 'troublemakers'. She lured women into her trap and urged them to join the Jihadists extremist sect." It also added that she urged women to watch films calling for jihad and coup d'tat.

"In summer of 2007, I got acquainted with natives of Pakistan called Muhammad, Ashar, Asror and Abu Bakr [names transliterated]. They asked me to find them poor Uzbek Muslim women in order to marry them. Then I agreed and introduced them to poor Uzbek girls, widows and women with children. They gave me about 1,500 dollars for this. I deeply regret these activities." said a woman captioned as Nodira Niyozova in her interview.

The film said that Nodira Niyozova was sentenced to a long prison term for joining the Jihadists extremist sect, planning to take Uzbek citizens out of the country for "immoral" purposes and performing actions that result in destabalization of political and social situation in the country as well as taking part in the activities of an extremist and separatist sect with the aim of overthrowing Uzbekistan's constitutional order. The film did not provide any other information on the persons who it said had come from Pakistan.

The programme also featured interviews with some Uzbek women who reportedly fell victim to Nodira Niyozova. They all atoned for getting acquainted with her.

"What are our men doing now? They do not keep an eye on their wives. No one knows what they [women] are doing as an excuse for earning money," the head of the Uzbek religious affairs committee's department for mosques, Muhammad Bobir Yoldoshev, said.

(The film lasted about 30 minutes; no further processing planned)

Originally published by Uzbek Television First Channel, Tashkent, in Uzbek 1630 11 Aug 08.

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