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Dubai Court Orders Extradition Of Tajik Opposition Figure

  • RFE/RL's Tajik Service

Tajiks protested in December in front of the UAE Embassy in Moscow against the arrest of opposition leader Umarali Quvatov, shown on placard, in Dubai.
DUBAI -- A court in Dubai has ruled that a Tajik opposition figure wanted by Dushanbe for an alleged $1.2 million fraud can be extradited to Tajikistan.

Relatives of Umarali Quvatov told RFE/RL’s Tajik Service on April 15 that Quvatov will appeal the April 14 ruling to a higher court in the United Arab Emirates.

Quvatov was arrested at Tajikistan's request in December.

Quvatov, a successful businessman, once had close ties to the family of Tajik President Emomali Rahmon.

Last year, Quvatov left Dushanbe and established a political group opposing Rahmon.

Tajik authorities have denied the case is politically motivated.