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Uzbek Rights Group Says Member Arrested

(RFE/RL) June 27, 2006 -- An Uzbek human rights group reports that one of its members has been arrested in the central region of Jizzakh.

The Ezgulik group says in a statement that Mamarazhab Nazarov, who is also a leader of the banned Birlik opposition party, was arrested on June 22.

The group says Jizzakh rights activists obtained confirmation of Nazarov's arrest from local police. It also says a criminal case has been opened against Nazarov on fraud charges.

Ezgulik says the arrest is politically motivated. It also calls upon authorities to release Nazarov and allow him to hire a lawyer.

There were no immediate comments from Uzbek government representatives.


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