Human rights activists cannot locate Bakhodyr Choriev’s father, Khasan Choriev, who disappeared on 17 June in the city of Qashqadaryo.
Shukhrat Rustamov and Malokhat Jeshankulova, both human rights activists based in Tashkent, arrived in Qashqadaryo yesterday and have been trying to ascertain Choriev’s whereabouts.
They were told both by the Qarshi police, and by the local special services police (SNB), that there is no record of Khasan Choriev’s detention.
The two activists then traveled to the city of Shakhrisabz where Choriev resides, but were unable to find out any further information relating to Choriev's disappearance.
Rustamov reports, that the district Prosecutor’s Office directed them to the district police – since he was presumably detained by them – but was unable to obtain any information by the police there either.
The Shakhrisabz SNB have told the human rights activists that they have not detained Choriev.
Rustamov and Jeshankulova contacted the district office of
|Qashqadaryo special services police are playing some sort of game"|
| Human rights activist Shukhrat Rustamov|
the Ministry of Internal Affairs and were advised to submit a missing person’s report to the police in Shakhrisabz. The activists have done so and have submitted additional copies to the district Prosecutor’s Office and to the SNB.
Accused of rape
The human rights activists learned that 71 year-old Khasan Choriev was experiencing problems with law enforcement on 17 June.
Choriev called his attorney Rustamov from Shakhrisabz shortly after 9 am in the morning and informed him that two police officers were at his home inviting him to have a “conversation” with the district prosecutor.
In the evening of the same day, Choriev contacted his daughter Zulijkho, and told her that he had been brought to the city of Qarshi where he had been taken to various police stations and finally confined in a detention center.
He told his daughter that he had been accused of the rape of a 17-year old.
The daughter and father had a very brief conversation and she was unable to find out further details regarding either the accusation or his detention.
The website Zamondosh published an article yesterday called “Gray in the beard, the devil in the ribs,” which states Choriev’s arrest was due to his alleged rape of the 20-year old daughter of his deceased friend.
Zamondosh’s editors say that they received the article by email and have no information about its author.
“Playing a game”
According to those who know Choriev, he is an honest and principled man incapable of committing such a crime.
The activists believe that the actual reason behind his arrest and disappearance are due to the complaints Choriev had previously submitted to authorities seeking justice after the confiscation of his business and property by the government.
An additional, alternative, motive behind the arrest could be related to a recent article by Igor Rotar on Choriev’s son Bakhodyr, who lives in the United States, and is the leader of the opposition movement Birdamlik.
The article outlined Bakhodyr’s apparent ambition to become the president of Uzbekistan, his financing of the “underground”, and his attempts to convince the US government to organize a “color” revolution in Uzbekistan.
“Qashqadaryo’s special service police are playing some sort of a game,” assumes Rustamov.