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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

6 Uzbeks Get Death For Blasts




Uzbekistan's Supreme Court sentenced six people to death Monday after convicting them of involvement in the bombing of government buildings that killed 16, Itar-Tass reported.


Eight of the 22 people convicted of playing a role in the bombings were sentenced to 20 years in prison, while the remaining eight were sentenced to 10 to 18 years at high-security prison camps.


The defendants were found guilty of charges including terrorism, attempting to kill the president, murder, drug trafficking, illegal weapons possession and robbery.


They were rounded up shortly after a series of car bombings that rocked Tashkent, the central Asian nation's capital, on Feb. 16. The trial lasted more than a month.


Uzbek President Islam Karimov said Islamic fundamentalists had staged the attack in an attempt to kill him. Karimov is Moslem, like most Uzbeks, but his authoritarian rule and insistence on keeping his former Soviet republic secular have put him at odds with strict Islamic groups.


Two main suspects accused of financing and masterminding the bombings f including an Islamic fundamentalist leader f remained at large Monday.