A MOTHER has claimed security services in Tajikistan held her 12-year-old son for three days and beat him to get details on alleged extremists.
Inobat Yakubova told the respected newspaper Asia-Plus her son was picked up in late August at the home of his Arabic tutor, who is suspected of being a member of banned Islamist group Hizb-ut-Tahrir. Tajikistan, a Central Asia Muslim nation, 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 boy will likely still provoke outrage.
Mrs Yakubova said she had not spoken out about the mistreatment of her son, Nusratullo, earlier for fear of reprisals from the authorities.