Uzbekistan: Mob War Prompts High-Level Reaction from Police
Police in the capital of Uzbekistan have confirmed the arrest of an alleged gangland figure who they say was aspiring to assume leadership of the city’s criminal community.
A senior police representative informed journalists about the detention of Abboskhon Khodjayev during a September 28 briefing to the media.
“He created a criminal enterprise and was undertaking efforts to consolidate his authority,” Doniyor Tashkhojayev, head of the Tashkent police investigation department, told reporters. “He has been arrested and work is ongoing to identify his associates.”
For now, Khodjayev is facing drug trafficking charges, which are punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
News of the arrest was initially reported on September 19 by RFE/RL’s Uzbek service, Radio Ozodlik, which cited unidentified sources as saying Khodjayev was charged with trying to sell 0.34 grams of heroin.
This arrest appears, however, judging by the few loosely sourced reports available, to be just one part of a far broader story in Uzbekistan’s underworld.
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