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Uzbek refugees charged with terrorism in Sweden

For more than a year, the three men from Central Asia  planned a terrorist attack against Sweden, according to the prosecutor,  Expressen newspaper reports.

They have bought hundreds of kilos of chemicals that can be used to make explosives and put pictures on terror targets in Stockholm.

At the same time, they and another three men have sent money to the Islamic state.

Expressen has close up of the suspects.

On July 5, 2017, 46-year-old construction worker David Idrisson  writes a chat message to an acquaintance who is in Syria, in an area controlled by the Islamic state: We need a car mechanic.” The answer: “Big brother, the best mechanics are with you. Or do you need someone who can decorate the car when to go and undergo marriage? Big brother, if you want, I can send you a video that teaches about how to decorate the car and I will also contact some brothers who are involved in decorating cars before the wedding if God wants.

May God reward you,” writes Idrisson.

This is one of many conversations included in the evidence that the prosecutor invokes for David Idrisson and his two co-defendants Atabek Abdullaev, 39, and Bakhtiyor Umarov, 30, for more than a year to prepare a terrorist act in Sweden.

David Idrisson (46) Arrested on April 30th. Prosecuted for preparation for terrorist crimes and for the financing of particularly serious crimes by money transfers to the Islamic State. Was the one who bought the chemicals as the prosecution applies. Also charged for small drug offenses after police found 49 grams of cannabis in his car. Citizen of Uzbekistan.  Registered in the Stockholm area but lives according to their own declaration in Strömsund in Jämtland. Divorced, state that he has eleven children.

He arrived to Sweden under refugee quota and received a residence permit in 2008. The Migration Board stated that he was harassed by the Uzbek authorities because he was a practicing Muslim. Has changed its name in Sweden in the meantime. Denies the charges of terrorist offenses.

Bakhtiyor Umarov, 30 Arrested on April 30th. Prosecuted for preparation of terrorist crimes and for the financing of particularly serious crimes by money transfers to the Islamic State. Also charged for having used a false Greek passport when he transferred money to a recipient in Turkey. Citizen of Uzbekistan. Registered home address  in Stockholm. Married, his wife and children live in Turkey. Arrived in Sweden the first time in 2011. Returned in 2012 to Uzbekistan and then lived in Russia and later Turkey. On December 30, he traveled from Istanbul to Sweden and applied for asylum. Has told the Swedish Migration Board that he has been harassed by the Uzbek security service.Has written in a chat that he lived together with the man who carried out the terrorist attack against the nightclub Reina in Istanbul New Year’s night 2017. During the investigation, he suggested that he confused the assassin with someone else. In a chat he said that he is watching videos with decapitations with his two-year-old son. Propaganda of the Islamic state has been found in his phone and computer. He has admitted that his voice is heard in a propaganda video for Islamic state. Denies the charges of terrorist offenses.

Atabek Abdullaev, 39 Arrested on April 30th. Prosecuted for preparation of terrorist crimes and for the financing of particularly serious crimes by money transfers to the Islamic State. Also charged for having invoked a false employer certificate when he tried to become a customer of HandelsbankenCitizens of Kyrgyzstan, speak Uzbek. Written in Stockholm. Missing residence permit in Sweden. Came to Sweden in August 2017 according to your own words. He has applied for a work permit in Poland to get the right to stay in the EU. Stated that he has a wife in Kyrgyzstan who has two children. In his computer and phones, investigators have found material that shows that he supports the Islamic state. In social media he has posted pictures on, among other things, the T-center and Mall of Scandinavia, which prosecutors interpret as possible terrorist targets. Denies the charges of terrorist offenses.

All men deny any allegations of terrorist offenses.

According to David Idrisson, the “wedding” and “car mechanic” chat is about plans for a real wedding. The chemicals were part of a larger batch of different products, including color, which he bought from a company that went bankrupt. He was interested in the color but not the chemicals, he claims. When it comes to the chemicals, which are in the center, he has provided a full and detailed explanation of how they have come into his possession. It has happened involuntarily, says his defender.

Man, 34 years from Uzbekistan. old Arrested on May 28. Prosecuted for financing particularly serious crimes through money transfers to the Islamic State. Citizen of Uzbekistan. Registered in the Stockholm area. Arrived to Sweden the first time in 2008. Searched asylum but failed and was expelled. In 2011, he applied for work and residence permits, which he was granted. He has wife and three children in Sweden. Denies the charges.

Man, 39 years old from Uzbekistan. Arrested on October 18th. Prosecuted for financing particularly serious crimes through money transfers to the Islamic State.  Citizen of Uzbekistan. Registered in Östergötland, he himself said that he lives in Stockholm. Denies the charges.

Man, 24 years old from Uzbekistan. Arrested on September 5. Prosecuted for financing particularly serious crimes through money transfers to the Islamic State. Citizen of Uzbekistan. Registered in Jämtland. The only one of the suspects who is not detained. Denies  the charges.

 

 

 

Uzbekistan jailed Islam Karimov’s daughter Gulnara

Uzbekistan said  it has jailed the eldest daughter of late President Islam Karimov, Gulnara Karimova — once a prominent socialite and self-styled fashion designer,  charging her with embezzlement , massive fraud and money laundering.

In a statement the Uzbekistan Prosecutor-General’s Office said that Gulnara Karimova has been charged with crimes including fraud, money laundering and concealing foreign currency, and she has been “held behind bars”.

The statement also said she was a member of an “organised criminal group” that controlled assets worth more than $1.3 billion in 12 countries.

It said these included London properties worth £22.9 million ($29.95 million) and hotels in Dubai worth $67.4 million.

Karimova, 45, is the eldest daughter of the late authoritarian leader of Uzbekistan, who died last year.

She has been reportedly under house arrest in the country since 2014 after publicly feuding with her mother and her younger sister Lola on Twitter. She did not attend her father’s funeral in September.

Uzbekistan human rights breaches in Brussels focus

The Foreign Minister Sven Mikser from Estonia holding the  EU presidency for the second half of the year, will chair the EU-Uzbekistan meeting and is expected to discuss issues including the rule of law, and human rights in Central Asian country.

In a joint statement, the Association for Human Rights in Central Asia the International Partnership for Human Rights, and Amnesty International urged the EU “to emphasize the need for concrete changes in the human rights situation in Uzbekistan.”

According to the opinion of the international organisations the government must end the persecution of human rights defenders, journalists, and dissident voices while also ensuring that domestic and international media can operate freely and independently.

They also underlined that Tashkent must allow an independent international inquiry into events in the eastern city of Andijan in 2005, when Uzbek security forces opened fire on anti-government peaceful protesters, and allegedly buried hundreds of  victims in mass graves.

Uzbek human rights activist dies in prison

The Uzbekistan government should immediately allow an independent investigation into the enforced disappearance and death in prison of a human rights and opposition activist Nuraddin Jumaniyazov, Human Rights Watch said today. On June 16, 2017, Gulnora Rahmonova, his widow, reported that her husband had died in prison on December 31, 2016, from tuberculosis and diabetes-related complications.

Jumaniyazov was unlawfully imprisoned in 2014 on politically motivated charges. Uzbek authorities had refused to reveal his whereabouts or allow him any contact with his family or attorney since 2015, despite numerous calls by Human Rights Watch and other organizations to seek information about his situation. The refusal to provide information on the fate or whereabouts of a person deprived of their liberty constitutes an enforced disappearance, a crime under international law, and is prohibited in all circumstances.

“Nuraddin Jumaniyazov, who should have never been imprisoned, died in prison, hidden from his loved ones and the world,” said Steve Swerdlow, Central Asia researcher at Human Rights Watch. “The tragic death of this human rights defender in Uzbekistan casts serious doubt on the government’s claims that the country is undergoing meaningful reforms.”

Uzbekistan: human rights deficiency

The United Nations high commissioner for human rights called on President Shavkat Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan on May 10 and 11, 2017, to turn his government’s pledges for reform into concrete human rights improvements and fulfill its obligations under human rights law, eight human rights groups said today.

The rights groups endorsed the high commissioner’s recommendations, calling on  President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to end ongoing abuses and deliver on Uzbekistan’s human rights commitments in full.

PHOTO: Andijan massacre anniversary: Uzbek Interior Ministry  and National Security Service troops fired into a crowd of protesters in Andijan in the Republic of Uzbekistan on 13 May 2005. The number of victims is disputed between 187 according to Uzbek officials  and 1500 accroding to Human rights NGOs. Uzbekistns in notorious for its human rights record.

Stockholm attack – Uzbek arrested

Last night it was reported that the suspected attacker was a 39-year-old father-of-four from Uzbekistan. The arrest was a result of  a nationwide manhunt  by police after issued a photograph of a lightly bearded man wearing a hooded top whom they wished to question in connection with the attack, which happened at around 2.45pm local time in Stockholm.

 

Some reports suggested he had previously posted jihad propaganda on his Facebook page and had images of people injured in the explosion at the Boston Marathon in April 2013.

Among the prohibited extremist organizations in Uzbekistan are the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) – a militant group aiming to establish a Islamic state under Sharia law; and pan-Islamists international organisations as the Hizb ut-Tahrir Movement and the derived from it Akromiya.  Initially IMU had close ties with Taliban in Afghanistan, declaring themselves as allies of Al-Qaeda. Since 2015 their leaders publically proclaimed the alliance with Islamic State (Deash). The IMU militants are active in the north of Afgahnistan, surviving a decade of NATO-led anti-terrorist operation.