A prosecutor in Sweden has dubbed Uzbekistan a “gangster state” for what he says was its role in the shooting of an Uzbek dissident cleric living in the Scandinavian country.
Chief prosecutor Krister Petersson made the accusation during the first day of the trial of Yury Zhukovsky, an Uzbek citizen accused of attempting to murder Obidkhon Qori Nazarov in 2012.
“What we are talking about is an attempted murder, and in my opinion it has its roots in Uzbekistan,” Petersson said in his opening statements November 23 at the trial at the Östersund District Court in Sweden. The court is trying 37-year-old Zhukovsky for attempting to murder Nazarov — a persistent critic of the Uzbek regime — by shooting him in the head on the stairs outside his apartment in the remote town of Strömsund.
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Richard Orange is a freelance journalist based in Malmö, Sweden, and previously worked as the Central Asia correspondent for The Daily Telegraph.