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Tajik Journalist Accepts Assailants' Apologies


Khurshed Atovullo, the editor of the independent Tajik weekly "Farazh."

Khurshed Atovullo, the editor of the independent Tajik weekly "Farazh."

DUSHANBE -- A Tajik newspaper editor who was attacked on his way to an end of Ramadan celebration says that he has met and forgiven his assailants, RFE/RL's Tajik Service reports.

Khurshed Atovullo, editor of the independent weekly "Farazh," said he was driving to a friend's home in Dushanbe on August 31 when a car blocked the road and forced him to stop.

Three people armed with clubs then attacked Atovullo, his brother, and his brother-in-law, who were with him.

Atovullo said he saw the license-plate number of the assailants' car and police immediately tracked them down.

Avatullo said he met with them and their parents after police on September 2 invited him to the police station.

He said his attackers are teenagers and that their parents asked him to forgive them.

He said on September 5 he accepted their apologies, adding that the assault was not related to his work.

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