Who, Why and How exiled: Salimov was once one of Tajikistan’s most powerful officials and a key figure in the 1992-97 civil war. During the 1992–97 civil war, Salimov alternately served as Tajikistan’s interior minister, ambassador to Turkey, and Customs Committee chairman. He was also a member of Popular Front, a paramilitary group that fought on the government side during the civil war (Fergana News, 2016).
Stage 1 details (accusations/ charges/ Interpol notice/ extradition requests): Salimov was detained on charges of participation in attempted coups d’etat in 1997 and 1998.
Stage 2 details (arrest/ detention/ extradition): He was detained six years in Moscow on a warrant issued by Dushanbe (Radio Free Europe, 2003).
Stage 3 details (attack/ abduction/ rendition/ torture/ assassination/ death): He was handed over to Tajik authorities in 2005 and was imprisoned for 15 years, found guilty by Tajikistan’s Supreme Court of treason, banditry, and abuse of office. Later his sentence was reduced (Radio Free Europe, 2005; Fergana News, 2016).
Legal status (refugee/ asylum seeker/ resident): In June 2016, after 13 years in prison in Tajikistan he was freed.
Press sources: Fergana News,21.06.2016. В Таджикистане вышел из тюрьмы Якуб Салимов – один из бывших сподвижников Рахмона. http://www.fergananews.com/news/24932 ( Accessed 15 May, 2017) Radio Free Europe. 27.04.2005. Tajikistan: Opposition Leader Brought Home To Face Charges, Ex-Interior Minister Imprisoned For 15 Years. https://www.rferl.org/a/1058667.html ( Accessed 15 May, 2017) Radio Free Europe. 01.07.2003. Tajikistan: Extradition Of Former 'Kingmaker' Salimov May Hinge On Moscow. https://www.rferl.org/a/1103683.html ( Accessed 15 May, 2017)