Tajikistan to introduce prison sentences of up to seven years for ‘witchcraft’

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Tajikistan to introduce prison sentences of up to seven years for ‘witchcraft’

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Tajikistan is expected to introduce legislation that would punish practitioners of “witchcraft” and “sorcery” with prison sentences of up to seven years, state television said on Thursday.

The authoritarian ex-Soviet country’s government sent to parliament on Wednesday amendments to the criminal code that will see purportedly magical practices previously punished by fines criminalised.

Although the exact activities the legislation will cover were not specified, the law is likely intended to target witch-doctors and healers that have turned their claims to special powers into a business in recent years.

The amendments will face no opposition in the parliament where lawmakers are exclusively loyal to 62-year-old strongman president Emomali Rakhmon.