18 Dec 2017 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 02 Oct 2017 Ukraine

Uzbek Journalist on Interpol List Detained

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CategoryDetention and imprisonment of journalists
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On 25 September 2017, a Kyiv court approved a 40-day detention period for Narzullo Okhunjonov, who has been living in exile since 2013. Authorities detained Okhunjonov under an international arrest warrant on 20 September, when he arrived in Ukraine with his family from Turkey to seek political asylum. The authorities noted that his name was on an Interpol list. Uzbekistan filed the international warrant for Okhunjonov on a fraud charge.

The journalist, who left Uzbekistan to avoid politically motivated persecution for his reporting, denies the charges. Okhunjonov writes critically, in Uzbek and Russian, from exile for sites including BBC Uzbek about Uzbekistan's authoritarian government, particularly on the the late President Islam Karimov.

The journalist arrived in Kyiv from Turkey with his wife and five children. His family is currently in the capital of Ukraine.
Updates
19 Oct 2017
On 5 October 2017, Narzullo Okhunjonov was released from the detention center by a decision of the Kyiv prosecutor’s office.
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18 Dec 2017
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