Uzbekistan Confirms Karimova Probes in PR-Boosting Exercise
Uzbekistan did more than confirm what all watchers of the region already suspected in announcing news of prosecutions against the late president’s eldest daughter — it also made a fresh bid toward achieving a sliver of international respectability.
The General Prosecutor’s Office announced on July 28 that a slew of criminal probes were initiated against Gulnara Karimova as long ago as October 2013, when her father was still alive. Tashkent regional court sentenced her, in August 2015, to five years of “limited freedom,” the prosecutor’s statement said. From all that is known of Karimova’s fate, limited freedom appears to indicate house arrest.
Karimova’s alleged offenses include fraud, concealment of foreign currencies, violation of customs regulations and money-laundering. All told, her criminal conspiracy, which are said to have lasted from 2001 through to 2013, has cost the Uzbek state some $2 billion in economic damages, prosecutors said.
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