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Karimov: Andijon Uprising Trials To Start In 3 Weeks

Islam Karimov (file photo) 31 August 2005 -- Uzbek President Islam Karimov said today that the first trial of people accused of participating in a revolt in the eastern city of Andijon in May will begin on 20 September.

Karimov said: "the whole truth will be exposed" at the trials. Karimov -- speaking on state radio -- blamed his security
forces for not stopping the incident from happening.

"Unfortunately, it is our fault that we were unable to prevent [the Andijon events]. Not only did our [security] services fail to inform us about it, but they were unable to foresee it in time, they lacked the sense to comprehend it, they didn't have proper information, their network of agents didn't work, and so on and so forth."

Human-rights groups say government troops killed more than 700 people in putting down the uprising. Authorities say
187 died. Karimov has blamed the revolt on Islamic militants. He has rejected calls for an international investigation.


See also: Unrest In Uzbekistan