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Uzbek Court Reviewing Case Of Andijon Deportees

Uzbek refugees from Andijon (file photo) (RFE/RL) BISHKEK, November 15, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Uzbek law-enforcement agencies have reportedly completed an investigation into the five Uzbek refugees that Kyrgyzstan forcibly returned home in August and that are accused of involvement in last year's Andijon uprising.

In a statement released today, the Kyrgyz Prosecutor-General's Office says it has been notified by its Uzbek counterpart that the case of the five has been transferred to a Tashkent city court for review.

Kyrgyz Prosecutor-General Kambaraly Kongantiev's spokesman Toktogul Kakchekeev told RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service that under an agreement reached when the five were deported, Uzbekistan has pledged to provide regular information about them and the investigation.

"Every month we've been asking [the Uzbek side] how these people are, how do they feel," said Kakchekeev. "They have just sent us a note saying that they are OK, that their health condition is good, and that under Uzbek laws their cases have been investigated and sent to court."

The Kyrgyz statement says all deportees are accused of involvement in the killing of Andijon Prosecutor Gani Abdurahimov in May 2005.

The five -- Jahongir Maqsudov, Yaqub Toshboev, Olidjon Rahimov, Rasuljon Pirmatov, and Tayoz Tojihalilov -- had fled to Kyrgyzstan after Uzbek security forces violently reasserted control over Andijon.

They were subsequently arrested and forcibly returned to Uzbekistan despite the fact that four of them had been recognized as asylum-seekers by the UNHCR ( the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees).

(with AKIpress, Kabar)

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THE COMPLETE STORY: A dedicated webpage bringing together all of RFE/RL's coverage of the events in Andijon, Uzbekistan, in May 2005 and their continuing repercussions.


For an annotated timeline of the Andijon events and their repercussions, click here.

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