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Uzbek high court announces jail sentences of 33 more for Andijan unrest

[JURIST] Thirty-three additional people received jail sentences in Uzbekistan [JURIST news archive] Monday for their role in the May 2005 Andijan uprising [HRW backgrounder] after being found guilty of murder, terrorist acts and mass riots. Uzbekistan's Supreme Court [official backgrounder] said two separate trials were held for the 33 individuals resulting in sentences ranging from 12-17 years. The latest jail terms bring the total number of people sentenced to 73. Last week, lower courts in Uzbekistan sentenced 25 men [JURIST report] to at least 20 years in prison over Andijan, and the Uzbek Supreme Court last month sentenced 15 men convicted of masterminding the uprising [JURIST report]. Human rights officials estimate that over 500 civilians may have been murdered [JURIST report] by Uzbek security forces during the Andijan unrest. BBC News has more.

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