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Uzbek opposition leader jailed

An opposition leader in Uzbekistan has been jailed for 10 years for economic crimes, a Tashkent court has said. Nadira Khidoyatova of opposition group Sunshine Uzbekistan was found guilty of tax evasion and money laundering. Relatives of Ms Khidoyatova, who denied the charges, have called the process a show trial, and rights groups said it was politically motivated. The Uzbek government has cracked down on all dissent since a bloody uprising in the city of Andijan last May. Another Sunshine Uzbekistan leader, Sanjar Umarov, is on trial for similar charges. Prosecutors last week called for him to be jailed for 18 years. Full Story

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