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Uzbekistan: Activist Released After 24 Years in Jail

Uzbekistan has in a long-awaited move freed a political activist who has languished behind bars since 1992, when he was jailed on corruption charges that rights groups say were politically motivated.

Moscow-based news website ferghana.ru reported on November 23 that 72-year-old Samandar Kukanov was met outside prison by his son, Sardor.

Kukanov will remain under supervision for a year after his release, ferghana.ru reported. 

Freeing Kukanov represents a notable about-face by the Uzbek authorities.

New York-based Human Rights Watch had issued a statement earlier this month demanding Kukanov’s release and protesting a decision by prison authorities in October to extend his sentence by three years.

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