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Uzbekistan: Further information on fear of imminent execution / torture concern / legal concern

, N° d'index: EUR 62/010/1996

Rafis Valeyev, aged 27, Vitaly An, Adkham Abdulayev (first name previously given as Atan), Ayubkhon Akbarov: The death sentence passed on Adkham Abdulayev was overturned at an appeal hearing in the Supreme Court of Uzbekistan on 24 September 1996.

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
Vitaly AN
Adkham ABDULAYEV (first name previously given as Atan)
Ayubkhon AKBAROV
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
Rights;
- 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.
APPEALS TO:
1. The President of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov
Respublika Uzbekistan
700000 g. Tashkent
pr. Uzbekistansky
Rezidentsiya Prezidenta
Prezidentu Karimovu I.A.
Telegrams:Uzbekistan, 700000 Tashkent, Prezidentu Karimovu I.
2
Faxes:+ 7 3712 39 55 25 or + 7 3712 39 54 00
Salutation:Dear President Karimov
2. Procurator General of Uzbekistan, Buritosh Mustafoyev
Respublika Uzbekistan
700000 g. Tashkent
ul. Gogolya, 66
Prokuratura Respubliki Uzbekistan
Generalnomu Prokuroru Mustafoyevu B.
Telegrams: Uzbekistan, 700000 Tashkent, Gen. prokuratura, Mustafayevu B.
Salutation: Dear Procurator General
3. Chairman of the Supreme Court of Uzbekistan, Ubaydulla Mingbayev
Respublika Uzbekistan
700183 g. Tashkent
ul. Abdulla Kodiri, 1
Verkhovny Sud Respubliki Uzbekistan
Predsedatelyu Mingbayevu U.
Telegrams: Uzbekistan, 700183 Tashkent, Verkhovny sud, Predsedatelyu
Mingbayevu U.
Faxes: +7 3712 41 00 28
Salutation: Dear Chairman
COPIES TO:
Head of the Clemency Department at the President's Office, Akhmanov (first
name unknown)
Respublika Uzbekistan
700000 g. Tashkent
Apparat Prezidenta
Otdel po voprosam pomilovaniya
Zaveduyuchshemu otdelom Akhmanovu
Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan, Abdulaziz Komilov
Respublika Uzbekistan
700029 g. Tashkent
pl. Mustakillik, 5
Ministerstvo inostrannykh del
Ministru Komilovu A.
Faxes: +7 3712 39 41 58 or 39 15 17 or 39 43 48
and to diplomatic representatives of Uzbekistan accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 4 December 1996.

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