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Uzbek courts sentence 42 more for Andijan uprising

[JURIST] Courts in Uzbekistan [JURIST news archive] Wednesday convicted an additional 42 people and handed down prison sentences of 12-20 years in connection with the May 2005 Andijan uprising [HRW backgrounder]. It was reported that the defendants were convicted on charges including participation in terrorist acts and deliberate, aggravated murder, though there has not been an official court confirmation. In May, thousands of protesters gathered after rebels stormed a prison [JURIST report] and freed a group of businessmen on trial for alleged Islamic extremism. Rights groups have alleged that over 500 protestors were killed [JURIST report] as the government struggled to end the demonstrations, though Uzbek officials say there only 187 who died. Wednesday's convictions are the latest in a series of trials against those participating in the uprising and last week, the Uzbek Supreme Court announced that 38 policemen and soldiers also face charges [JURIST report] of failing to prevent attacks on government sites. AP has more.

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