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Wednesday 6 March 2019

Gulnara Karimova Sent to Prison


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TASHKENT (Reuters) — A court in Uzbekistan has ordered Gulnara Karimova, daughter of the late Uzbek president, to serve the remainder of a criminal sentence in prison for having allegedly violated the terms of her house arrest, the prosecutor general’s office said on Wednesday.

Karimova has not been seen in public for several years after an apparent falling-out with her father Islam Karimov, who ran Uzbekistan for 27 years before his death in 2016.

In the early hours of Wednesday, prosecutors said that Karimova was being sent to prison for having “systematically violated the obligations” related to a previous five-year sentence on charges of embezzlement and extortion. Those terms included not leaving her home and not using the internet or phones.

Her Swiss lawyer Gregoire Mangeat wrote on Twitter that she was “forcibly removed” from the apartment where she lived in Tashkent on Tuesday. The authorities said she was taken to a prison.

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