Omonullo Maqsudov, who has official refugee status in Germany, was released from a prison in Plzen today.
He was among hundreds of Uzbeks who fled violence in May 2005 in the eastern Uzbek city of Andijon, where rights groups and eyewitnesses accuse Uzbek security forces of killing hundreds of protesters.
Maqsudov is the son-in-law of Akrom Yuldoshev, an alleged leader of Akramiya, a religious group that Uzbek officials blame for the unrest in Andijon.
Uzbek refugees in Kyrgyzstan on May 19, 2005 (epa)
NO PLACE TO GO: More than 400 Uzbeks who fled in panic in the hours and days after troops opened fire on demonstrators in Andijon one year ago have been granted political asylum outside Central Asia. In limbo for weeks in Kyrgyzstan as they and the world tried to come to grips with the bloody events of May 12 and 13, they feared for their lives and the lives of family members as the official crackdown continued.... (more)
For an annotated timeline of the Andijon events and their repercussions, click here.