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Tajik Rights Activists Demand Impartial Probe Into Convict's Death

Hamza IkromzodaHamza Ikromzoda
Hamza Ikromzoda
Hamza Ikromzoda
Tajik human rights organizations have urged the government to thoroughly investigate the recent death of a convict.

Relatives of Hamza Ikromzoda, who died in a detention center in Dushanbe in mid-September, say his body carried traces of torture, including burns caused by a heated iron.

Ikromzoda’s relatives on October 1 handed the Prosecutor-General’s Office a statement by eight human rights organizations demanding independent investigations into Ikromzoda's death.

The statement lists six other suspicious deaths in custody.

Under a recent amendment to the Criminal Code, torture is a crime punishable by up to 15 years in jail.

Only one former policeman has been convicted of torture since the Criminal Code was amended in March 2012.

Based on reporting by Interfax and RFE/RL's Tajik Service
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by: Faridoon from: Moscow
October 02, 2012 18:20
The number of dead bodies have increased in the Tajik jails. Most of cases are connected to the use of torture against them.

by: tahmina from: Vilnius/Dushanbe
October 04, 2012 14:21
There's been tons written on this in the Tajik press, including RFE-Tajik, and this pathetic paragraph is all you could muster, RFE-English service?! This is NOT journalism. Not a bad idea to: (1) commence major reform in RFE; (2) if not, just disband yoursrelf and do the taxpaying US public (and global Internet browsers) a favour!

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