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WikiLeaks: Succession or Protection Plans for UN Ambassador Karimova?

Posted by Info on 22/03/2011

WikiLeaks has released another batch of alleged diplomatic cables from the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent describing the background to appointments of Gulnara Karimova, President Islam Karimov’s daughter.
A cable dated February 4, 2008.
Embassy political FSN believed that Karimova’s appointment is an attempt to provide her with diplomatic cover so that she may be able to travel freely once again to Europe, and possibly even to the United States, to inspect her family’s finances. Karimova is widely seen as controlling the Zeromax corporation, which is headquartered in Switzerland and controls a large stake in many of the key sectors of the Uzbek economy, including its gas, oil, and gold extraction industries.

On the one hand, Gulnora could become a Deputy Prime Minister, though with the number of enemies she has acquired through her rapacious business appetites, this might prove an ill-fated move. More probable, in our estimation, is an attempt to forge for Gulnora a positive international image and perhaps buy her the political protection she will need when and if the Karimovs decide to exit Uzbekistan’s political state – and perhaps Uzbekistan itself.

Another cable dated September 18, 2008, contains speculation about Karimova’s UN appointment, and notes that the requests for visas to Switzerland for herself and her children came “very suddenly and with pressure for a fast turnaround”. The speculation here, too, is that succession plans are not so much driving the appointments as post-Karimov protection plans:

her life in a post-Karimov Uzbekistan would be less than secure. It is interesting to note now that both Karimov daughters hold diplomatic postings outside of Uzbekistan–Gulnora in Geneva, and Lola at UNESCO in Paris.. In September 2008, President Karimov appointed his daughter Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, which some observers have noted helps position her to wield greater control over Zeromax.

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Ex-Ukrainian Leader Kuchma Suspected Of Journalist Murder

Posted by Info on 22/03/2011

Ukraine’s state prosecutor opened a criminal case on Tuesday against former president Leonid Kuchma for his suspected role in the murder of opposition journalist Georgiy Gongadze in 2000.

Georgiy Gongadze, who criticized Kuchma‘s leadership in the online newspaper Ukrainska Pravda, disappeared in Kiev on September 16, 2000. His decapitated body was found two months later in a wooded area near the capital.

“Leonid Danilovich Kuchma is suspected of power abuse and giving illegal orders to the country’s Interior Ministry’s officials, which led to the murder of a journalist,” first deputy prosecutor Renat Kuzmin said.

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War on Error: Millions Pay Out To Wrongfully Accused Terror Suspects

Posted by Info on 22/03/2011

More than $8million from the U.S. Government and its contractors has been paid in just six cases, where people claimed they were wrongfully detained or harassed because of terrorism fears.
Something to be learn in Russia or Uzbekistan? Could people claim that they were wrongfully detained or harassed because of terrorims fears.

1) $2 million were paid in 2006 to lawyer Brandon Mayfield, who was erroneously linked to the 2004 Madrid train bombings.
Mayfield was jailed after FBI agents mistakenly linked him to a fingerprint found after the bombings. The print turned out to belong to an Algerian national.

2) A judge ruled that the U.S. Government failed to get court warrants before wire-tapping the calls of two lawyers working for an Islamic nonprofit group. U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that warrantless wire-tapping of the now-defunct Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation in 2004 violated the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Judge Walker ordered the government to pay $2.5 million in attorney fees and damages.

3) In 2006 and 2009, $1.8 million was paid to seven men detained for months in New York and New Jersey shortly after the September 11 attacks. Other plaintiffs in the case are still pursuing claims in court, and their lawyers say it could eventually involve about 1,200 former detainees.

4) In 2001 Abdallah Higazy was jailed for 34 days after an aviation radio was found in the safe of a hotel room he was occupying near the World Trade Center on September 11. It was later revealed that the radio had been left in the room by a previous guest, a pilot. Higazy was awarded $250,000 in 2009. Higazy alleged that an FBI interviewer threatened to have his family in Egypt tortured if he did not admit that the radio was his.

5) San Francisco Police Department was ordered to pay $225,000 to Rahinah Ibrahim, who was detained at San Francisco International Airport and lost her U.S. visa after her name appeared on a no-fly list in error. A native of Malaysia, Ibrahim is a mother of four and was a PhD student at Stanford at the time.

6) $240,000 were being paid to Raed Jarrar by the TSA and JetBlue Airways after he was forced cover up a shirt featuring Arabic script before boarding a flight. The Iraqi-born architect’s T-shirt read ‘We Will Not Be Silent’, a reference to the White Rose resistance against the Nazis in World War II Germany.

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