Tajik mother says security services beat young son

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Associated Press

Posted on November 20, 2012 at 6:32 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 20 at 6:36 AM

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan (AP) — A woman in the Central Asian nation of Tajikistan says security services held her 12-year-old son for three days and beat him to coerce details on individuals detained on extremism charges.

Inobat Yakubova told the respected Tajik newspaper Asia-Plus on Monday that her son was picked up in late August while at the home of his Arabic language tutor, who is suspected of being a member of banned Islamist group Hizb-ut-Tahrir.

The State Committee for National Security could not be reached for comment.

Tajikistan, a Muslim nation that assists U.S. military operations in neighboring Afghanistan, has sought to stamp out radical religious movements it says threaten its stability.

Rights activists say mistreatment of suspects in custody is commonplace, but a case involving an underage individual will likely still provoke outrage.

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