Who, Why and How exiled: Former PM (1992-3 ) and presidential candidate (1994). He left Tajikistan shortly after losing the election and moved to the US in 1998 (Parshin, 2013).
Stage 1 details (accusations/ charges/ Interpol notice/ extradition requests): Interpol warrant sought by Tajik government since 1997. Accused of plotting to kill Rahmon on 30 April 1997; accused of involvement in the Khodoberdiyev conflict in 1998. Also accused of "abuse of power while holding political office, including embezzlement and racketeering charges." Recent interest in him may be due to alleged links to Dodojon Atuvulloev (also in this database) (Parshin, 2013).
Stage 2 details (arrest/ detention/ extradition): Arrested on arrival in Kiev in 5 February 2013 on an Interpol Red Notice warrant (Parshin, 2013). He was released on 4 April 2013 after Ukrainian authorities refused an extradition order from the Tajik government (Kyiv Post, 2013).
Legal status (refugee/ asylum seeker/ resident): Refugee status held in USA (Parshin, 2013).
Current status: Free, but remains on notice (Kyiv Post, 2013).
Press sources: Kyiv Post, "Prosecutor General's Office: Ukraine not to extradite former Tajik PM Abdullajanov," April 4, 2013, http://www.kyivpost.com/article/content/ukraine/prosecutor-generals-office-ukraine-not-to-extradite-former-tajik-pm-abdullajanov-322736.html; Konstantin Parshin, "Tajikistan: Dushanbe Targets Old Presidential Challenger for Extradition," Eurasianet, February 11, 2013, http://www.eurasianet.org/node/66540.