Who, Why and How exiled: In early 1990', Safar Bekzhanov, was an activist with the outlawed political parties : Erk(Freedom) and Birlik ( Ferghana news, 2013; Amnesty International, 1997). In 2013, he was one of the activists who ‘broke’ into Gulnara Karimova’s residence in Geneva and uncovered items allegedly taken from the Uzbek national museum ( Ferghana news, 2013). He is currently the head of the civil society Uzdem Fund Suisse in Switzerland ( Amnesty International).
Stage 1 details (accusations/ charges/ Interpol notice/ extradition requests): In had been charged with fraud, which his supporters claimed had been fabricated for political reasons ( Amnesty International, 1997)
Stage 3 details (attack/ abduction/ rendition/ torture/ assassination/ death): He has been imprisoned in 1993 for four years ( Amnesty International, 1997; Ferghana news, 2013).
Other actions during Stages 1–3 (dispossession/ overseas assets frozen/ intimidation/ action against associates/ …): He alleged that he had been tortured throughout his imprisonment ( Amnesty International, 1997)
Legal status (refugee/ asylum seeker/ resident): In 1997 he has been released under the May amnesty ( Amnesty International, 1997). He fled to Switzerland in 1998 where he has received political exile ( Ferghana news, 2013).
Current status: He is currently living in Switzerland
Press sources: Ferghana news, 2013. 'Сафар Бекжан: «Мы хотим заставить узбекских чиновников и олигархов вернуть деньги народу Узбекистана»'. December 24, 2013. [Online]. Available at :http://www.fergananews.com/articles/7991 Amnesty International, 1997. 'Amnesty International Report 1997 - Uzbekistan'. January 1. 1997, [Online]. Available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6a9fd10.html