Uzbek militants charged in coup attempt

Uzbek militants charged in coup attempt

[JURIST] Uzbekistan [official website, English version] deputy state prosecutor Anvar Nabiyev on Thursday named 15 men who will stand trial next week for trying to overthrow the Uzbek government. The men, who allegedly organized disturbances in the town of Andijan [JURIST report] in May 2005, face charges including shooting hostages, forcing civilians to take part in an anti-government protest and membership in banned extremist groups. Nabiyev also listed specific sites in neighboring Kyrgyzstan where he said the militants had trained for the uprising, and implied that the Kyrgyz government had knowledge of these plans. BBC News has more. The Uzbekistan National News Agency has local coverage.