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Dubai Court Orders Extradition Of Tajik Opposition Figure

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.