Karimov, Akram

Gender: .
State of concern: .

Who, Why and How exiled:

Between 1996 and 2010 he went to Russia every year for several months, during which he worked unofficially on construction sites in the Moscow Region (ECHR, 2014).

Category of exile: . (Definitions here.)
Alleged affiliation: Hizb ut-Tahrir.

Which stages experienced: Stage 1   Stage 2   not Stage 3. (Definitions here.)
Date of most serious incident: 2008.
Violence experienced: .

Stage 1 details (accusations/ charges/ Interpol notice/ extradition requests):

On 14 June 2011 the investigator at the Bukhara Regional Department of National Security, Uzbekistan, charged the applicant, in absentia, with incitement to national, racial, ethnic or religious hatred, and producing and disseminating documents containing threats to national security and public order (ECHR, 2014).

Stage 2 details (arrest/ detention/ extradition):

On 17 March 2012 he was arrested by police in Moscow (ECHR, 2014).

On 19 March 2012 the Russian Ministry of the Interior received from the Uzbek Ministry of the Interior a request for the applicant to be detained pending receipt of its extradition request (ECHR, 2014)

International arrest warrant: .

Countries of transit, asylum and/or residence: .

Legal status (refugee/ asylum seeker/ resident):

On 17 September 2012 he was released from his detention centre but subsequently re-arrested on suspicion of a breach of the residence rules (ECHR, 2014)

In 2012 he applied for asylum but his request was rejected (ECHR, 2014).

Current status:

According to Amnesty International's 2013 report, Karimov is being held in “Severny” detention centre for foreigners awaiting deportation in the Moscow region. Amnesty International is concerned that he faces a real risk of torture or other illtreatment if returned to Uzbekistan. Despite the fact that the legal time limit for Karimov’s detention expired on 17th September 2012 ( Amnesty International,  2013).

The European Courts of Human Rights, in Strasbourg decided that the rights of a native of Uzbekistan would be violated in the case of extradition from the Russian Federation and awarded him EUR 5,500 in compensation for non-pecuniary damage and EUR 8,000 in costs (Гражданское содействие, 2014)

Press sources:

Amnesty International, 2013. "Return to torture: extradition, forcible returns and removals to Central Asia". [Online]. Available at: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/EUR04/001/2013/en/

Гражданское содействие. "ЕСПЧ принял решение в пользу гражданина Узбекистана". 2 June. 2014. [Online]. Available at: http://refugee.ru/news/espch-prinyal-reshenie-v-polzu-grazhdanina-uzbekistana/


Legal sources:

European Court of Human Rights. " CASE OF KARIMOV v. RUSSIA". (28th May 2014). [Online]. Available at: http://www.refworld.org/cases,ECHR,5385cad74.html [accessed 25 July 2017]