DUSHANBE -- Tajik President Emomali Rahmon has sacked the chief of the Tajik Railways Company (RIT) amid an ongoing controversy over the alleged involvement of the latter's son in a deadly driving incident.
The RIT's press service announced that Amonullo Hukumatullo (aka Hukumov), a relative of the Tajik president, has been replaced by Asad Zoirov.
In October, three people were killed in a crash during nighttime car racing in Dushanbe.
Such races often involve the children of the country's elite.
Reports said Hukumatullo's 16-year-old son, Rasul Amonullo, bore responsiblity for the crash.
The reports caused a public outcry.
Investigators later claimed Amonullo was only a passenger.
Hukumatullo publicly attacked the media for what he called the "lies" about his son.
The current state of the investigation is unclear.