Tajik ex-gov't minister gets 26 years for criminal counts
APDUSHANBE, Tajikistan -- A former Tajik government minister turned opposition leader has been convicted on an array of criminal charges and sentenced to 26 years in prison.
December 27, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
Zayd Saidov denies the fraud, rape and other charges against him, and the opposition in the ex-Soviet Central Asian nation has denounced the case as political persecution.
Saidov, a businessman who previously served as industry minister, was arrested in May, a month after he announced the creation of a political party to challenge President Emomali Rakhmon.