EXTERNAL AI Index: EUR 62/25/95
EXTRA 117/95 Fear of imminent execution 6 October 1995
UZBEKISTANShukhrat YUNUSOV (______ ______ in Russian)
Amnesty International fears that Shukhrat Yunusov faces imminent execution
after having been sentenced to death in the former Soviet republic of Uzbekistan.
An appeal against his sentence has been turned down by the Supreme Court,
and his only hope of avoiding execution now is a petition for clemency to the
President of Uzbekistan.
Shukhrat Yunusov was sentenced to death by Tashkent City Court on 1 May 1995
for premeditated, aggravated murder (Article 97 of the Uzbek Criminal Code).
He maintains that he is innocent and there are allegations that the court
did not take into account witness statements identifying the murderer as a
dark-skinned man with spiky hair. Shukhrat Yunusov is described as being
light-skinned with curly hair. The Presidium of the Supreme Court of Uzbekistan
turned down his appeal against his death sentence possibly in July 1995. A
petition for clemency has been lodged with the President of Uzbekistan.
Shukhrat Yunusov is married and has three children. He has no previous
Amnesty International has received allegations recently from unofficial sources
that 400 death sentences were passed in Uzbekistan in 1994. If confirmed,
this would place Uzbekistan among the top five countries in the world for passing
death sentences. It has also been reported that many executions are carried
out within ten days of the petition for clemency being turned down by the
President of Uzbekistan, and sometimes within as little as three days.
Amnesty International has consistently pressed the Uzbek authorities to reduce
the scope of the death penalty as a step towards total abolition; to impose
a moratorium on death sentences and executions pending a review of this
punishment; and to publish comprehensive statistics on the application of the
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/faxes/express/airmail letters in
English, Russian or your own language:
- expressing concern that Shukhrat Yunusov has been sentenced to death in
- urging President Islam Karimov to grant clemency to Shukhrat Yunusov, and
to commute his death sentence;
- urging the authorities to make the outcome of appeals and petitions of clemency
known to the relatives of prisoners on death row and to Amnesty International;
- urging President Karimov to commute all other death sentences that come before
- noting that there is no evidence that the death penalty prevents serious
crime any more than other punishments.
The President of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov:
700000 g. Tashkent