Uzbekistan: Prison Death Probe Reportedly Hindered by Police
The mother of a businessman in southern Uzbekistan allegedly killed while in police custody was granted an unlikely audience with the president, only to reportedly be prevented this week from leaving her hometown by the local police.
Murodillo Omonov, a 32-year old businessman in the Surkhandarya region, around 700 kilometers from the capital, Tashkent, was allegedly tortured and later died as a result of mistreatment he suffered after being detained on January 20 as he returned home from a wedding.
After Omonov was buried, his family demanded his exhumation and medical examiners found the body to bear signs of physical abuse not consonant with the official cause of death, heart failure. Police later changed their story, however, to say that Omonov had hanged himself.
Omonov’s mother, Karamat Kadyrova, wrote a direct appeal to President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to intervene in the case. In an unexpected development, she claims to have received a phone call from the presidential administration and to have been invited to go to Tashkent.
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