Imprisoned journalist, religion expert is freed from prison

Хайрулло ХамидовKhayrullo Khamidov, a renowned journalist and an enlightener in issues of religion, was freed from an Uzbek prison ahead of his scheduled release date. Mr. Khamidov was imprisoned as part of a group of five persons whom the Tashkent Regional Court for Criminal Cases convicted for participation in “illegal public unions or religious organizations” five years ago.

The Chirchik City Court in Tashkent Region ruled February 11 to release Mr. Khamidov. Ozodlik Radio journalists, having talked to Mr. Khamidov over phone, tell Fergana that he stated he was released based on a pardon decree the country’s president Islam Karimov signed.

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About Ahmed Islamov

I was born and raised in Uzbekistan and lived in that country for about two thirds of my life. I left the country about 14 years ago but sustained tight bonds with my family and friends living there. I know and communicate personally with hundreds of people including blue-, white- or pink-collar workers. I am naturally very attached to and concerned with everything that is going on there.
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