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French Court To Rule On Whether Uzbek President Karimov Is ‘Dictator’

Posted by Info on 12/05/2011

A French court will be asked to rule next week on whether Islam Karimov, the president of Uzbekistan, qualifies as a “dictator”, in an unprecedented libel case involving his glamorous daughter.

Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva, Mr Karimov’s youngest daughter, has launched a libel suit against Rue89, a French news website which is focused on the claim that Ms Karimova-Tillyaeva paid Monica Bellucci, the Italian actress, £165,000 to attend a glitzy Paris function.
In a separate clause it also challenges the description of her as a “dictator’s daughter” as defamation.
Rue 89 painted a poor picture of Lola Karimova, accusing her of whitewashing her country’s reputation by paying celebrities to come to parties that she organised. She is describes as a ‘dictator’s daughter’. These statements are likely to qualify as public defamation.”

Islam Karimov, 73, who has ruled the impoverished Central Asian country since the fall of the Soviet Union, has been frequently criticised for his brutal suppression of opponents and critics.

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