Who, Why and How exiled: Odilzhon was one of the many asylum-seekers who fled the city of Andizhan in eastern Uzbekistan on 13 May 2005 after security forces fired on thousands of mainly unarmed demonstrators. He was granted refugee status by the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), however this was not recognized by the Department of Migration Services.
Stage 2 details (arrest/ detention/ extradition): He was detained in Kyrgyzstan in June 2005, along with four others: Zhakhongir Maksudov, Yakub Toshboev, Rasulzhon Pirmatov, and Faez Tadzhikalilov. Uzbekistani authorities alleged that the men were involved in the murder of the City Prosecutor in Andizhan.
Stage 3 details (attack/ abduction/ rendition/ torture/ assassination/ death): In August 2006 Odilzhon and the four others were extradited to Uzbekistan. The Kyrgyzstani authorities had reportedly been given diplomatic assurances by Uzbekistan that the five men would be treated according to Uzbekistani criminal legislation and that international organizations would be granted access to them. However, the five were reportedly held incommunicado in Uzbekistan. In November 2006, it was announced that a criminal investigation into the cases of the five men had been completed, and that all five had been charged with the murder of the Andizhan city prosecutor in May 2005.
Press sources: Amnesty International (2007). Europe and Central Asia: Summary of Amnesty International's Concerns in the Region July-December 2006