Uzbek Opposition Backs Murray

by Laurence on 10/22/2004

According to The Independent:

Uzbekistan’s fractious opposition parties have united to send an open letter to Tony Blair, accusing the hardline government in Tashkent of putting pressure on Britain to dismiss its outspoken ambassador to the central Asian republic.

The letter from nine groups, including the main Erk and Birlik parties, “deeply regrets” the British Government’s decision to “recall” Craig Murray. The envoy was fired as ambassador to Tashkent last week after details emerged of a memo to the Foreign Office in which he complained that MI6 was using information passed on by the CIA which was obtained from the torture of Uzbek prisoners.

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