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Uzbekistan: “More Than 10,000 Criminals Roaming the Streets”

Uzbekistan’s president had some harsh words for the police during a government meeting last week.

Speaking on August 17, Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted that more than 3,000 crimes remain unsolved and that out of 16,000 wanted persons, only around 5,200 have so far been detained.

Mirziyoyev called on the the General Prosecutor’s Office, the Interior Ministry, the National Security Services and the Supreme Court to undertake a deep analysis of the work of the police and to draw up a detailed report.

As has lately become customary for similarly critical outbursts on the work of government bodies, the remarks were broadcast on state television.

“If we cannot bring some order to the work of our interior ministry agencies, our people will never come to trust us. People need peace, which should be ensured to them by the Interior Ministry. At the root of all these shortcomings is the unsatisfactory quality of work being done during the recruitment, placement and training of personnel,” Mirziyoyev said.

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Uzbekistan: “More Than 10,000 Criminals Roaming the Streets”

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