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Amnesty International urges Uzbek authorities to protect former prosecutor general on trial for torture and ill-treatment.

Former Prosecutor General of Uzbekistan Rashitjon Kadirov and 12 co-defendants are standing trial in closed-door criminal proceedings.

Credible reports allege that since his detention on 21 February 2018 Rashitjon Kadirov has been subjected to physical abuse, mock executions, sleep deprivation and other ill-treatment. He and his co-defendants continue to be at high risk of torture and other ill-treatment, Amnesty International said.

Amnesty International urged Uzbek authorities to protect Kadirov and 12 co-defendants from torture and other ill-treatment, to ensure access to necessary and adequate medical care, to launch impartial investigation into the allegations of toture and ill-treatment against Kadirov and his co-defendants, hold those responsible accountable.

67-year-old Kadirov, who has been Prosecutor General for 15 years, is considered to be one of high-level Karimov's cronies. He was arrested in late February 2018 on extortion, power abuse, bribery charges.

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Publication:AKIpress Central Asian News Service
Date:Apr 10, 2019
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