Safarali Mirzozoda: “Islamic Revival Party of Tajikistan (IRPT) had a hand in coup attempt”

(Exclusive interview of the “Jumhuriyat” correspondent with the Deputy Prosecutor General of the Republic of Tajikistan, Chief Military Prosecutor Major-General Mirzozoda Safarali Rahim)

In modern world, ignominious phenomena of extremism and terrorism jeopardize human development. Attempts for politicization of religious in the games of geopolitics became as a standard for Great Powers, based on which interest groups organize conflicts and confrontations in different parts of the world. In connection with this and other relevant issues we had a talk with the Deputy Prosecutor General of the Republic of Tajikistan, Chief Military Prosecutor Major-General S. R. Mirzozoda.


– In September this year, an interview of Sharifi Hamdampur (journalist) with Azizov Shams Odinaevich, the Judge of the Supreme Court who ordered on recognition of IRPT as terrorist and extremist organization and banned it s activity in Tajikistan was published in “Tajikistan” weekly  under the title “There were Three Days Left for Coup De’etate.” We would like to know your opinion as the Deputy Prosecutor General of the Republic of Tajikistan and Chief Military Prosecutor on this regard.
– Thank you. I am agree with the evidences which were pointed by the Judge of the Supreme Court Azizov Shams Odinaevich, as this interview is about the regulatory legal acts. In other words, the legal aspects of the matter are taken into consideration by the decision of the judicial authority of the country. It should be noted that on September 22, 2015, by the Supreme Court of the Republic of Tajikistan was received an appeal of the Prosecutor-General of the Republic of Tajikistan for recognizing IRPT as terrorist and extremist organization and banning it’s activities in the Republic of Tajikistan. The appeal by Prosecutor-General had been investigated and was based by the analyzing of criminal cases launched by Prosecutor s Office, State Committee for National Security and Ministry of Internal Affairs regarding the serious crimes of the IRPT leadership and its members. On September 29, 2015, the appeal of the Prosecutor General of Tajikistan was satisfied and the Islamic Revival Party of Tajikistan, on the basis of compelling evidence, was recognized by the Supreme Court of the Republic of Tajikistan as a terrorist and extremist organization and its activities in Tajikistan were consequently banned.

– How do you evaluate activities of political religious communities from the legal aspects and what are the legal evidences for recognizing the IRPT as a terrorist party?
– According to Article 8 of the Constitution of the Republic of Tajikistan, establishment of public associations and political parties propagating racial, national, social and religious hatred or calling for violent overthrow of constitutional order and organization of armed groups is prohibited. During 2010-2015, IRPT members had been registered for more than 40 crime cases of extremist and terrorist nature, including incitement to religious hatred, participation in criminal and extremist associations, sedition and public call for coup for overthrow constitutional order in the Republic of Tajikistan.
Involvement of the IRPT for killing of dozens of innocent civilians in the process of investigating criminal cases was confirmed. In particular, it was proven that the IRPT leader in Rasht Valley Davlatov Husniddin had a tie with terrorist organization “Ansorulloh” under the leadership of Davlatov Alovuddin, nicknamed “Ali Bedaki” and Rakhimov Abdullo named “Mullo Abdullo” who had hand on the murder of 25 servicemen of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Tajikistan in the Rasht Valley in 2010.
Inspection of criminal cases and examinations of law enforcement agencies revealed the process of the IRPT members participation in the international terrorist organization “Islamic State” (ISIL), which was banned by the Supreme Court of the Republic of Tajikistan from April 14, 2015. Thus, during the inspections of the houses of IRPT leaders and activists, it was discovered and confiscated video records of killings, blast and other terrorist acts of the Islamic State.

– What kinds of evidence does investigation have on criminal proceedings against IRPT leader M. Kabiri and General Nazarzoda A. which are allegedly involved in coup?
During the preliminary investigation of the criminal case, the evidence presented by the suspect, such as witnesses, victims, defendants, videos, material facts (materials, plans, CDs, weapons and ammunition, etc.) during the inspection of the offices and living houses of the leaders and activists o IRPT has been confirmed that the leader of the IRPT M.Kabiri was previously consulted with other senior members of the IRPT and former Deputy Minister of Defense of Tajikistan A. Nazarzoda for the purpose of co ap power and change the constitutional order of the Republic of Tajikistan more Ln 20 criminal groups, which are contained 30 members, was established.
These groups controlled by members of the opposition forces and other Nazarzoda’s associates. With the purpose of material and financial supports of terrorist groups, they have provided money from foreign countries through the charity organizations from 500 to 600 somoni for each.
In order to implement their criminal actions, according to preliminary recommendations, armed groups have been worked to prevent bandwidth from removing telephony and removing major government buildings such as buildings of Qasri Millat, Executive Office of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan the Airport of Dushanbe city,  State Committee for National Security, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Defense, the Committee on Television and Radio, Main Department and other departments of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the districts of Dushanbe city and the departments of the MIA in Firdavsi, Sino, Shohmansur, I. Somoni district Vahdat city.
Another fact that proves the crimes of M.Kabiri and his assailants i commission of these crimes is the direct involvement in the financing of coup de’etate. In particular, Kabiri’s son (Ruhullo Tillozoda), following t instructions of his father, personally handed $1,200,000 “da on September 2, 2015. This fact has been has been confirmed by a number of witnesses, including Kabiri’s personal driver Fayzov H.T
On the night of September 3, 2015 more than 150 members of the criminal group with the direct leadership of Nazarzoda A. come together m the area of the former “Khlebzavod” (located in Dushanbe city Ayni str.) was involved with firearms – Kalashnikov, machine guns, grenade launchers, SVD and other military equipment.
After that Nazarzoda A. by the direction of Kabiri M. and with the abuse of duty of the Deputy Minister of Defense with his crimma illegally entered to the administrative building of military units 08050 a 17651 of the Ministry of Defense and carried out firearms, clothes an military units to armed theirs escort members.
At the same day they the members of the criminal organization were attacked to the police offices in Dushanbe city, Rudaki and Vahdat districts as a result, ten law enforcement officers were killed, and seven were hospitalized with injuries.

– As a result of your pointed evidence, we can say that M. Kabiri through Nazarzoda A. leading and supervising a criminal network. Is that so?
Yes. Since August 2006 Kabiri M. was the Chairman of the IRPT and he seriously violated the provisions of the General Agreement on the Establishment of Peace and National Reconciliation in Tajikistan from 27 June 1997. He and his followers used the methods of religious propagation o prepare the people for spiritual change of the constitutional order of the country.

– By which Articles of the Criminal Code the criminal acts of M.Kabiri, Nazarzoda A. and their associates are indicted?
Based on compelling evidences the leaders and activists of the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan, without doubt, have been involved in the coup de’tate. Accordingly, by the Panel of judges on Criminal Cases of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Tajikistan dated June 2, 2016, 14 senior members of the IRPT under the auspices of public prosecution or e purpose of violating constitutional order of the Republic of Tajikistan, arm rebellion, terrorism and its financing they were convicted and sentenced. Regarding M.Kabiri was announced international search via Interpol.

– In case of the actions committed by the leaders and activists of the TEO IRPT is considered to be a crime under the Criminal Code of the Republic of Tajikistan, so why some foreign countries, especially Europeans, are ignorant. Are these actions  crime in those countries?
It should be noted that Tajikistan as a full member of the international community, signed the international legal acts, reviewed the IRPT’s activities in line with the requirements of the legislation and international law.
The terrorists action of the TEO IRPT according to article 129 (creation of criminal association) of the Criminal Code of the Federal Republic of Germany, Articles 149 (the Promotion of the Armed Forces of the Government), 313 (Creation of Criminal organization) Penal Code of Turkey, Articles 127 (by means of violence in the constitutional order), 128 (by means of the elimination of the constitutional authority), 140 (theft of military capacity) of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Poland, articles 242 (betrayal state), 249 (attempted by violence from dismissing the President), 278 (Creation of Criminal organization) of the Criminal Code of the Austria, Articles 104 (attack to weaken military capacity), 113 (Coup using weapon), 124 (Assassination of the Civil War) of the Criminal Code of Belgium, as well as the Council of Europe Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Prevention of terrorism “from May 16, 2005, the Declaration on the Prevention of International Criminal Expulsion, adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 09, 1994, is assessed and interpreted as a  crime.         ”
The terrorist’s crime anywhere, is a terrorist. Persons who commit such crimes of terrorism in any country shall, in accordance with the criminal law of that country, bear criminal responsibility.
Therefore, the IRPT has been included in the list of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).

– So, why the leaders of TEO IRPT are still freely moving in Iran and some other foreign countries?
Unfortunately, some countries taking into account their geopolitical interests uses bi-standard policy. They are under the authority of the so- called international organizations, human rights and freedoms, whose purpose is to protect only the interests of the founder nations, offers propaganda chairs for terrorists such as Kabiri and its followers. But these groups will not be defeated, because the people have realized the real truth and understood that if the IRPT was in power, what would happen to the nation and our beloved country.

– Thank you for this special conversation.

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