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Uzbekistan Jails Three Women For Spying For Tajikistan

November 05, 2012


Uzbek officials have announced that three women from the southeastern region of Surhondaryo have been jailed for spying for neighboring Tajikistan.

A televised statement on November 5 said the three women had received between 14 and 15 years in jail.

Investigators say two of the women are Uzbek citizens and the third is a Tajik-born woman without any citizenship.

Investigators say they received payments from the Tajik secret services for information about Uzbek military and law-enforcement buildings.

No other information has been made public.

Uzbek-Tajik relations have been strained for years due to disputes over water and energy resources as well as transit routes.

Tashkent has cut electricity and natural-gas supplies and closing road and railway connections between the two countries in recent years.

With reporting by Interfax


Copyright (c) 2012. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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