Who, Why and How exiled: Ismon Azimov was accused of involvement with the IMU.
Stage 1 details (accusations/ charges/ Interpol notice/ extradition requests): Tajik prosecutors also have charged Azimov with plotting an attack on a provincial police headquarters in the northern city of Khujand, which killed four people in March 2010. (Asia-plus, 2013).
Stage 2 details (arrest/ detention/ extradition): Azimov was arrested in Russia on 3rd November 2010. His requests for asylum were refused, the Russian Deputy General Prosecutor approved his extradition. Azimov’s appeal against this extradition was further refused. Amnesty International, Eurasia: Return to torture: Extradition, forcible returns and removals to Central Asia, 3rd July 2013. On the 9th November 2011 the Russian Supreme Court ruled that Azimov should be extradited- even though the final appeal against Azimov’s asylum application was still pending in Moscow. (Amnesty International, 2013a).
Stage 3 details (attack/ abduction/ rendition/ torture/ assassination/ death): Although interim measures to prevent Azimov’s extradition were issued by the European Court of Human Rights, he was abducted from a detention centre in Tver on the 3rd December 2013 (Amnesty International, 2013a).
Legal status (refugee/ asylum seeker/ resident): Application for asylum in Russia was refused, after his arrest in November 2010 (Amnesty International, 2013b).
Current status: At this time Ismon Azimov’s representatives have not been informed of any progress into the search, and Ismon Azimov’s whereabouts remain unknown (Amnesty International, 2013a).
Press sources: Amnesty International, 'Russia: Urgent Action: Fear for safety of Tajikistani asylum seeker: Ismon Azimov', 6th December 2013a. [Online]. Available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/52a7238f4.html Amnesty International, Eurasia: Return to torture: Extradition, forcible returns and removals to Central Asia, 3rd July 2013b.[Online]. Available at: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/EUR04/001/2013/en/. Asia-plus, 'European Human Rights Court urges Russia not to extradite Ismon Azimov to Dushanbe', 19th April 2013. .[Online]. Available at: http://news.tj/en/news/european-human-rights-court-urges-russia-not-extradite-ismon-azimov-dushanbe