EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: EUR 61/02/95
EXTRA 53/95 Fear of imminent execution 12 May 1995
TURKMENISTAN Khamidilla Gaybullayevich ISLAMOV, aged 23
(_________ ____________ _______ in cyrillic)
Amnesty International fears that Khamidilla Gaybullayevich Islamov faces
imminent execution in Turkmenistan. He was sentenced to death for murder on
9 November 1994 by the regional court of Akhalsky veloyat (region) and an appeal
against his sentence was turned down by the Supreme Court of Turkmenistan on
17 March 1995. His only hope of now avoiding execution is a petition for
clemency which he is believed to have submitted to the President of Turkmenistan.
Recent death penalty cases in Turkmenistan known to Amnesty International
suggest that the period from the passing of sentence, through the stages of
appeal and petition for clemency to execution can be very short. In one such
case known to Amnesty International, that of three men sentenced to death in
November 1992, the process of appealing and then petitioning for clemency was
exhausted in less than four weeks, and they were executed in December of that
year. Khamidilla Islamov was believed by his father to be still alive as of
24 April 1995, but if his petition for clemency is turned down execution could
Khamidilla Islamov is an Uzbek national and comes from Tashkent, the capital
of Uzbekistan. He was sentenced to death under Article 106 of the Criminal
Code of Turkmenistan for premeditated murder under aggravating circumstances.
His relatives claim that his accomplice, who is a Turkmen national, committed
the murder Khamidilla Islamov has been charged with and that Khamidilla Islamov
was sentenced to death because of his nationality.
Amnesty International opposes the death penalty in all cases and without
reservation, on the grounds that it is a violation of the right to life and
the right not to be subjected to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or
punishment as proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Amnesty
International is appealing to the President of Turkmenistan to exercise his
constitutional authority to commute this death sentence.
To Amnesty International's knowledge, the Criminal Code of Turkmenistan retains
the death penalty for 18 peacetime offences. Information about its application
is meagre in the absence of any published official statistics, although Amnesty
International has learned from unofficial sources of four executions carried
out during 1992, and one in 1993. Execution is by shooting.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/faxes/express and airmail letters
in English, Russian or in your own language:
- urging commutation of the death sentence passed on Khamidilla Islamov;
- urging that a moratorium be imposed on death sentences and executions pending
a comprehensive review of the death penalty.
1. President of Turkmenistan, Saparmurad Atayevich Niyazov:
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