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Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Uzbek Lawyers Refuse To Defend Human Rights Activists In Court

Posted by Info on 22/12/2010

Abdullo Tojiboy-ugli, Viktoriya Bazhenova and Dmitriy Tikhonov, Uzbek human rights activists who have been sentenced to huge fines for staging a rally in the centre of Tashkent on 6 December, found out today that no lawyer wanted to represent their interests in a court of appeal.
Another activist Vladimir Husainov was also fined for watching the rally.

All four activists appealed against their fines, but none of them managed to hire a lawyer.“All lawyers have refused to defend us after reading a court ruling,” Husainov said.

He said that a Tashkent-based well-known lawyer had also refused to sign a contract after days of thinking.The lawyer said that he was convinced that that their prosecution was politically motivated and had been ordered from on high.He thinks that Tojiboy-ugli’s case is most complicated, as he took part in a meeting to set up the People’s Interest social democratic party on 27 November.

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