Member of Tajik Parliament detained for attempting to seize power

Tajikistan Materials 14 June 2024 13:43 (UTC +04:00)
Umar Abakirov
Umar Abakirov
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DUSHANBE, Tajikistan, June 14. Saidjaffar Usmonzoda, a parliament member and former chairman of the Democratic Party of Tajikistan, has been stripped of parliamentary immunity and taken into custody, Trend reports.

The decision was made by the lower house of the parliament of Tajikistan. Tajikistan's Attorney General, Yusuf Rahmon, informed lawmakers that the General Prosecutor's Office has initiated a criminal case against Usmonzoda for crimes related to a violent attempt to seize power.

According to the Attorney General, in September 2021, Usmonzoda discussed over the phone with the deputy head of the "Paimon Milli Tajikiston," a terrorist organization, plans for seizing power in the country. Usmonzoda was promised financial assistance and the transfer of over 3,000 militants across the border into Tajikistan.

It was noted that to commit this crime, Usmonzoda asked a representative of one of the foreign countries for $10 million to attract influential people and organize rallies.

On May 11, at the 18th extraordinary congress of the party, Saidjaffar Usmonzoda was removed from the position of party chairman due to "unsatisfactory performance".