Who, Why and How exiled: Kamoliddin Rabbimov is an Uzbek political analyst, whom previously worked at Tashkent's Institute for Strategic Studies (Washington Post, 2016). As an outspoken critic of the government, he soon found himself subject to surveillance by the authorities and fled to Paris in 2007 (Ouest France, 2016).
Stage 1 details (accusations/ charges/ Interpol notice/ extradition requests): On the night that he left Uzbekistan, three members of the secret service turned up at his house and demanded to know his location. Knowing the threat of arrest he would face upon his return home, he is now unable to return to Uzbekistan (Ouest France, 2016).
Legal status (refugee/ asylum seeker/ resident): Refugee status in France (Ouest France, 2016).
Press sources: Ouest France (2016). Kamoliddin Rabbimov a trouvé son refuge. [online] Ouest-France.fr. Available at: https://www.ouest-france.fr/pays-de-la-loire/sable-sur-sarthe-72300/kamoliddin-rabbimov-trouve-son-refuge-4397744 [Accessed 26 Apr. 2018]. Roth, A. (2016). Uncertainty over President Islam Karimov’s condition roils Uzbekistan. [online] Washington Post. Available at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/succession-looms-in-uzbekistan-amid-uncertainty-over-leaders-condition/2016/08/30/974d7e86-6e24-11e6-993f-73c693a89820_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.eb9299c934bc [Accessed 26 Apr. 2018].