MOSCOW | Tajik journalist sentenced to 12 years in prison

11Jul - by Editor - 0 - In STL.News



MOSCOW — A Tajik journalist who also headed a comedy troupe has been sentenced to 12 years in prison in a case denounced by rights advocates.

Khairullo Mirsaidov was sentenced Wednesday by a court in the northern city of Khujand, convicted of embezzling state funds, forgery and knowingly making false statements.

Mirsaidov was arrested in December, several weeks after releasing a letter to Tajikistan’s president and other officials in which he alleged the regional youth office, which sponsored his troupe, had diverted some of the funds.

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