Salijon Andurakhmanov is an independent journalist who worked for independent internet news service Uznews.net and freelanced for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Voice of America and Institute for War and Peace Reporting his home in his native Karakalpakistan, a part of Uzbe kistan, which has the status of an autonomous republic.
Salijon was sentenced to 10 years in prison on October 10, 2008, after being arrested on charges of drug possession. According to the independent news agency Uznews.net, police stopped his car and planted drugs in the trunk of his car. His guilt was not proven during the trial and he himself has never admitted to either taking or selling drugs. According to Igor Vorontsov, Uzbekistan researcher for Human Rights Watch, “Abdurakhmanov often criticized local authorities, including law enforcement. His arrest is yet another example of the Uzbek government’s policy of silencing critics.”
Salijon is being held at prison UYA 64/51 near Karshi city, Kashkadarya region. His relatives say that he is in poor health and needs urgent medical attention.
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