15:53 GMT05 December 2020
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    Tajikistan authorities have convicted 170 people of being involved in last year’s coup attempt, the Central Asian nation’s prosecutor general said Thursday.

    DUSHANBE (Sputnik) — The putsch was orchestrated last September by Tajik Deputy Defense Minister Abduhalim Nazarzoda, who was killed alongside some 60 loyalists by security forces in his hideout in mountains.

    "Criminal cases were launched into some 200 people… We gathered solid evidence against them," Prosecutor-General Yusuf Rahmon said, adding 170 had been convicted of having played a role in the failed coup.

    The country’s secular government started a crackdown in the aftermath of the coup, banning the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT) as a terrorist organization and arresting a dozen of its senior members.

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