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Tajikistan: Man Arrested for Slightly Disrespecting President

A man in northern Tajikistan has reportedly been arrested and potentially faces several years in jail for being slightly disrespectful to a poster of President Emomali Rahmon.

Akhbor news website reported last week that Hasan Abdurazokov, an unemployed father of three in the Sughd region, offended Rahmon ahead of the recent Nowruz holidays.

“In public view, he took a picture of Rahmon down from the wall, he threw it to the ground and said: ‘You have everything, you have a good life, and me, I have nothing with which to continue my life,’” an unnamed source familiar with the case was quoted as telling Akhbor.

At the end of 2015, Rahmon was officially named "Founder of Peace and National Unity, Leader of the Nation” — a status that gave him de facto powers for life. And last year, a law was added to the statute books making it an offense to in any way insult the Leader of the Nation.

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