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Kazakh Authorities Detain Uzbek Asylum Seekers In Almaty

ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- Kazakh authorities say they have taken some Uzbek asylum seekers into custody at the request of Tashkent, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.

Almaty prosecutors did not say how many Uzbek nationals were detained on June 10. But family members said some 25 are still in custody today from an original group of 40.

Some of the men's wives, wearing Islamic face veils and head scarves, gathered near the building of the Almaty Interior Affairs Department on June 10 trying to obtain information about their husbands' fates.

The deputy prosecutor of Almaty's Almaly district, Gulnar Akhmedieva, met with the women and told them that their husbands had been arrested at the request of the Uzbek authorities.

According to Akhmedieva, the detained Uzbek nationals may be extradited to Uzbekistan. Akhmedieva did not explain why the detained men are wanted in Uzbekistan.