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Uzbek uprising suspects go on trial

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In Uzbekistan, the trial has begun of 15 men accused of murder, terrorism and plotting an uprising in the eastern town of Andizhan. They are the first of a hundred people facing prosecution and a possible death sentence.

Uzbek authorities say the men are Islamic terrorists, but human rights groups claim officials used force to obtain bogus confessions from people who took part in the events back in May. The rebellion erupted after a jail break involving armed supporters of 23 powerful local businessmen who had been on trial for religious extremism. The armed men took police hostages and seized a government building in the centre of Andizhan, attracting thousands of anti-government protesters. As many as 500 onlookers were killed when troops moved in, according to witnesses. But the government puts the figure at 187. It says most of the victims were Islamic terrorists and has refused international calls for an independent inquiry.