DUSHANBE , January 19, Asia-Plus -- 44 activists of the outlawed religious extremist “Hizb ut-Tahrir” organization were detained in Tajikistan last year, Tajik interior minister told journalists on January 19. 

A large number of subversive literature, including various books, leaflets, and brochures, and computers were confiscated from them, according to him.

In 2004, Tajik police revealed and detained persons involved in commitment of “crimes of terrorist nature” as well as 38 members of illegal armed groupings, the minister said.  According to him, thee were several cases when members of Tajikistan ’s Islamic Revival Party (IRPT) were detained with arms that had been handed over to them by representatives from the “Hizb ut-Tahrir” organization.  “All this an evidence of consolidation of these forces and movements,” Khumdin Sharipov said.

The minister said that according to some date, supporters of the “Salafiya” movement have appeared in Tajikistan .