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Uzbekistan Explains Raid On South Korean-Owned Golf Glub

Tashkent's Lakeside Golf Club
Tashkent's Lakeside Golf Club
Uzbek authorities have officially explained why security forces raided a South Korean-owned golf club in Tashkent last week, RFE/RL's Uzbek Service reports.

Sara Kim, a spokeswoman for the South Korean Foreign Ministry's Uzbekistan desk, told RFE/RL that the Foreign Ministry has received a letter from Uzbekistan outlining Tashkent's position regarding the incident. But she declined to give details.

On October 9, Uzbek security forces and police raided the Lakeside Golf Club in Tashkent, which belongs to the South Korean Shindong Enercom Company, and searched the premises.

The South Korean Foreign Ministry in Seoul summoned the Uzbek ambassador and demanded an official explanation of the incident.

The Uzbekistan-based websites Uzmetronom and Kharakat reported earlier this week that the golf club's offices were searched as part of an investigation into alleged financial infringements by the club's employees and owners.

According to the websites, several people were arrested during the raid and some items were confiscated.

Kim did not confirm the reported arrests or comment on the allegations of financial abuses.

Reports said many members of a group of South Korean guests at the club were awakened early in the morning and some were treated roughly.

Seoul and Tashkent enjoy strong economic and diplomatic relations, with many South Korean firms investing in Uzbekistan.