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More jail sentences over Andijan
Soldiers take up their positions during May's riots in Andijan, Uzbekistan
Rights activists say soldiers opened fire on innocent protesters
Thirty-three more people have been sentenced to jail terms in Uzbekistan in connection with the bloody uprising in Andijan in May.

This brings the total of people sentenced over Andijan so far to 73.

Twenty-five men were sentenced last week and last month 15 others were accused of masterminding the violence in what was seen as a show trial.

A supreme court statement said the latest defendants were guilty of murder, terrorist acts and mass riots.

The 33 sentenced on Monday were given jail terms ranging from 12 to 17 years after two separate closed trials, Uzbekistan's Supreme Court said.

"The defendants have been found guilty of a series of serious crimes, including aggravated murder, terrorism, an attempt against the constitutional order and a number of other crimes," a court statement said.

Twenty-five others were sentenced on Friday and given jail terms of between 12 and 22 years.

The government says 187 people, mostly "terrorist organisers", died during the Andijan unrest.

But human rights groups say 500 or more civilians may have been killed, shot by Uzbek security forces.


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