Kazakh Themis was blind, so was Uzbek: Extradited Uzbeks get long prison terms
Kazakhstan, Politics and Society, Uzbekistan3 Comments
Three of the 28 extradited ethnic Uzbeks extradited to Uzbekistan in June, were sentenced to different prison terms, with the longest being 15 years.
On September 13, 2011, Tashkent region Criminal Court sentenced Kobiljon Kurbanov, 45, to four years of prison (article 216 (Illegal organization of public unions or religious organizations) of the Uzbek criminal code), Initiative Group of Human Rights Defenders of Uzbekistan (IGIHRDU) reports.
On August 17, 2011, Surkhandarya Criminal Court sentenced Boltaev, Akhmad Olimovich, 43, to 15 years of imprisonment. The judge had charged him with articles 159 (Encroachment upon the constitutional order of the Republic of Uzbekistan), 244-1 (Creation or distribution of materials that threaten public security and order) and 244-2 (Organizing and participation of religious, separatist, fundamentalist and other kinds of prohibited organizations).
Appelation Court decided to shorten the term to 13 years.
The same day, Syrdarya Criminal Court sentenced Akbarov, Fayzillakhon Kobilovich, 21, to five years of prison term (article 244-1 (Creation or distribution of materials that threaten public security and order).
28 ethnic Uzbeks were forcebly returned to Uzbekistan on June 9, 2011. Different human rights organizations, in Kazakhstan and worldwide, called upon Kazakh authorities to stop the extradition by reminding well-known fact that their loves would be at risk.
in December 2010, the Committee Against Torture imposed interim measures to stay extradition, pending a review of the merits of a complaint submitted on their behalf. The government of Kazakhstan
subsequently challenged the admissibility of this complaint.
The fate of the remaining 25 extradited Uzbek refugees is unknown to the human rights NGO.
Rachel Denber, Human Rights Watch’s Europe and Central Asia deputy director:
“The Kazakh government has deliberately and forcibly sent individuals back to Uzbekistan, where they face likely torture and persecution.”