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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

11 Jailed Over Andijan Unrest

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan -- Uzbekistan's highest court on Wednesday sentenced 11 policemen, soldiers and prison doctors to as long as 11 years in prison for negligence and complicity that purportedly paved the way for a deadly May uprising in the eastern city of Andijan.

The Supreme Court found nine police officers and military servicemen, including the Andijan police chief, guilty of neglecting their duties and allowing rebels unhindered access to government buildings and weapons, the court said in a statement.

"As a result of their negligence terrorists seized a military unit, prison and government buildings, and released hundreds of criminals," the court statement said.

Two doctors were accused of passing messages between rebels and their alleged accomplices in the Andijan prison.