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Turkmenistan: the amnestied mufti offered a job with the presidential Council for Religious Affairs

27.08.2007 10:44 msk


Religious life Turkmenistan

Speaking on Turkmen television on August 13, ex-mufti Nasrullah ibn Ibadullah released from imprisonment only recently said he had been offered a job with the presidential Council for Religious Affairs. Ibn Ibadullah had been its assistant chairman in 2002 and 2003.

Leader of the Moslem community and Uzbek diaspora of Turkmenistan, ibn Ibadullah was amnestied by President Gurbankuly Berdymuhammedov and released from Ovadan-Tepe, a maximum security colony where he had been serving 22 years for treason against the state since March 2004. Analysts reckon that the mufti was actually imprisoned for his protests against praise of Ruhnama in mosques (written by the late President Saparmurat Niyazov, this book became a must all over Turkmenistan).

Neither did ibn Ibadullah support death sentences to the people suspected of a conspiracy to assassinate Niyazov in November 2002. More than 50 were convicted then, mostly senior state officials, businessmen, their families, and even acquaintances.