EXTERNAL AI Index: EUR 62/10/96
16 October 1996
Further information on UA 153/96 (EUR 62/09/96, 26 June 1996) - Fear of imminent
execution / Torture concern / Legal concern
UZBEKISTANRafis VALEYEV, aged 27
Adkham ABDULAYEV (first name previously given as Atan)
The death sentence passed on Adkham Abdulayev was overturned at an appeal hearing
in the Supreme Court of Uzbekistan on 24 September 1996. He was sentenced
instead to 20 years' imprisonment, reduced to 15 years under the terms of a
recent amnesty. It is at present unclear why the case was referred back to
the Supreme Court, but it may have been because of the alleged irregularities
in the initial trial.
No further action is required by the Urgent Action network on behalf of Adkham
Abdulayev. Thank you to all who sent appeals.
The Urgent Action network is requested to make further appeals on behalf of
the other three men named in this action, Rafis Valeyev, Vitaly An and Ayubkhon
Akbarov. There is at present no further news about their cases. This request
is made while we consider the possibilities for continuing Amnesty
International's action on their behalf by other means.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/faxes/express or airmail
letters in Russian, English or in your own language:
to the President:
- urging him to use his constitutional authority and commute the death sentences
passed on Rafis Valeyev, Vitaly An and Ayubkhon Akbarov, and all other death
sentences that come before him;
- expressing unconditional opposition to the death penalty as 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
- expressing sympathy for the victims of crime and their families, but pointing
out that the death penalty has never been shown to deter crime more effectively
than other punishments, and is brutalizing to all in its application.
to the Procurator General:
- urging him to initiate a full and impartial investigation into allegations
that Rafis Valeyev was tortured, that the findings be made public and anyone
found responsible brought to justice.
to the Procurator General and the Chairman of the Supreme Court:
- urging them to order a judicial review of the case of Rafis Valeyev, on the
grounds that there have been allegations that he was tortured in detention.
1. The President of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov
700000 g. Tashkent
Prezidentu Karimovu I.A.
Telegrams:Uzbekistan, 700000 Tashkent, Prezidentu Karimovu I.