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Uzbek Security Official Put Under House Arrest

A top Uzbek security official who oversaw the corruption probe into Gulnara Karimova has been placed under house arrest.

TASHKENT -- An arrested former top Uzbek security official who oversaw corruption investigations into the activities of presidential daughter Gulnara Karimova has been put under house arrest.

General Hayot Sharifhojaev, a former first deputy in the National Security Service, was arrested in July on corruption and embezzlement charges and kept in Tashkent's Gvardeisky prison.

Sources close to the Uzbek government told RFE/RL on October 5 that Sharifhojaev was recently moved from prison and put under house arrest.

Sharifhojaev and two other security officials -- Sharifhojaev's brother and nephew -- were reportedly selling properties confiscated from various criminal suspects, purportedly including assets from Karimova and her associates.

Karimova, once considered a potential successor to her father, President Islam Karimov, was embroiled in a corruption scandal that led to the dismantling of her business empire in 2014.

In July 2014, Uzbek authorities handed down prison terms to several alleged associates of Karimova after finding them guilty of financial crimes and she, herself, was put under house arrest.