DUBAI -- A court in Dubai has ruled that a Tajik opposition figure wanted by Dushanbe for an alleged $1.2 million fraud can be extradited to Tajikistan.
Relatives of Umarali Quvatov told RFE/RL’s Tajik Service on April 15 that Quvatov will appeal the April 14 ruling to a higher court in the United Arab Emirates.
Quvatov was arrested at Tajikistan's request in December.
Quvatov, a successful businessman, once had close ties to the family of Tajik President Emomali Rahmon.
Last year, Quvatov left Dushanbe and established a political group opposing Rahmon.
Tajik authorities have denied the case is politically motivated.