Jizzakh Police Chiefs to be Forced Out

by Nathan Hamm on 3/7/2005

Ferghana.ru reports that the commander of Jizzakh’s police and three district commanders will soon be forced to resign.

“Heads of the Pakhtakor, Dustlik, Arnasai, and Bakhmal district departments and Colonel Alim Kasymov, Commander of the Dzhizak garrison, failed to pass the qualification board. They have been relieved of their duties for the time being. Commission of the republican Interior Ministry has not made up its mind yet,” Begimkulov explained.

Human rights activists have another hypothesis explaining the “parade of resignations”.

“We expected something like that,” Bakhtier Khamrayev of the Human Rights Society of Uzbekistan said. “Monitoring of the state of affairs in the Dzhizak region indicates that all episodes of unprecedented harassment of dissent in the region are inevitably associated with these officers.”

According to Khamrayev, precisely these police officers ordered dispersal of peaceful pickets, used illegitimate methods of investigation, and organized abductions of “troublemakers”.

One would suspect that Uzbekistan’s government might be interested in making a big deal of this to score some points on the international stage. Khamrayev goes on to suggest that the government needs the scandal out of the way fast without saying why–perhaps a drawn out and public proceeding would risk sucking too many others in as well. The human rights explanation has a competitor though:

There is one other hypothesis – criminal one – explaining the latest developments in Dzhizak. A trustworthy source in the regional prosecutor’s office says that Tashkent is about to mount a campaign against corruption in local security structures. The qualification board may have been a smoke-screen concealing expulsion of corrupt personnel.

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