Yakubov, Umid

State of concern: .
Original citizenship: .
Alleged affiliation: Cleric, Hizb ut-Tahrir.
Which stages experienced: Stage 1   Stage 2   Stage 3
Class of most serious incident: .
Date of most serious incident: 2014.
Countries of transit, asylum and/or residence: .
Exiled? Yes.
Category of exile: .

Who, Why and How exiled:

Umid Yakubov fled Uzbekistan for Belarus in 2008, and then moved to Russia in May 2009. The UNCHR recognized. He was  a refugee in need of international protection in September 2010 ( Amnesty International, 2014).

Stage 1 details (accusations/ charges/ Interpol notice/ extradition requests): On 7 September 2009 the Uzbek authorities instituted criminal proceedings against the applicant on suspicion of having participated in the activities of Hizb ut-Tahrir and having unlawfully left the territory of Uzbekistan (ECHR, 2011)

Stage 2 details (arrest/ detention/ extradition): He was arrested by the local police for the first time in 1999, after his neighbour’s denunciation. Between 1999 and 2008, within the framework of the police surveillance, the Uzbek law-enforcement authorities repeatedly detained him for various periods of time (ECHR, 2011). In 2009 he was wanted by the Uzbek authorities on suspicion of membership of HT. He was charged in absentia, international warrant issued under Minsk, and was arrested in Russia with view to extradition ( Amnesty International, 2014).

Stage 3 details (attack/ abduction/ rendition/ torture/ assassination/ death): Umid Yakubov, officially recognized by the UN as a refugee, was abducted in the afternoon of 29 April 2014, on the street in Moscow. He was on his way to an interview at the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to discuss his resettlement from Russia to a safer country, when a police officer pulled over the car he was in. The police officer was checking the documents of the car’s driver, three men, one wearing a police uniform put him in a minivan. No one has heard from him ever since ( Amnesty International, 2014).

Other actions during Stages 1–3 (dispossession/ overseas assets frozen/ intimidation/ action against associates/ …):

From 1999 until he left the country in 2008 he was repeatedly detained by law enforcement forces in Uzbekistan. Every time he was detained he was reportedly subjected to severe beatings,and food and water deprivation ( Amnesty International, 2014).

Legal status (refugee/ asylum seeker/ resident): On 1 April 2011 he filed with the Ryazan FMS a request for temporary asylum ( ECHR, 2011). The UNCHR recognized Umid Yakubov as a refugee in need of international protection in September 2010 ( Amensty International, 2014).

Current status: He was abducted in Moscow ( Amnesty International, 2014).

Press sources: Amnesty International,2014. REFUGEE ABDUCTED BY POLICE IN BROAD DAYLIGHT. 2 May, 2014[Online]. Available at: https://www.amnestyusa.org/sites/default/files/uaa10714.pdf

Legal sources: European Court of Human Rights, 2011. "CASE OF YAKUBOV v. RUSSIA", 8 November, 2011. [Online]. Available at: http://hudoc.echr.coe.int/eng?i=001-107329