Nodira Hidoyatova Released

by Nathan Hamm on 5/24/2006 · 4 comments

Nodira Hidoyatova has been unexpectedly released.

That came as a surprise for Hidoyatova’s family. Her sister Nigora, who heads the unregistered Ozod Dehqonlar (Free Peasants) opposition party, spoke to RFE/RL today.

“I don’t know why they made [this decision],” she said. “I want to believe that they thought about it carefully and thoroughly, and finally the reason and principles of humanism prevailed. I think they also took into account that Nodira has young kids.”

“After her release on suspended terms, she has the possibility to continue to fight in an economic court to prove that she is innocent,” she said. “And the economic court will make a decision. This [battle] is before her.”

Nodira Hidoyatova is resolute in continuing her public activities. But she says she will do it more “professionally” and “diplomatically.”

Sunshine Uzbekistan has much more in English and Russian, and explains how her release was secured.

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squid123 May 24, 2006 at 1:50 pm

A clear case of extortion, it seems. And a splendid money-making scheme for the state.

Dolkun May 25, 2006 at 4:33 am

While I’m obviously glad at the news, I cannot resist the opportunity to point out that this is as clear an example of lack of rule of law as her original sentencing. The state taketh away, and the state giveth.

Brian May 25, 2006 at 8:59 am

I think this is along the same vein as the practice of granting amnesties, which seems popular in many dictatorial nations (Turkmenistan is really good at it). Like Dolkun says, the state taketh and the state is kind and forgiving enough to giveth even though they don’t have to.

Rustam May 25, 2006 at 11:52 am

It is not a state, it is for a long time by now not a state, it is only one dictator and it is Karimov. Take a look at what is going on from high above, he is trying to show more and more, because of his paranoia, that he is in charge in the house. Today he released Nodira, Nodira whose had he demanded only yesterday for her talks in Moscow, today he is judging Qodir Gulamov, member of the old politburo family, the Gulamov to whom he only few years ago personally entrusted the management of the Uzbek Army. No one knows exactly who is next or how far the paranoid imaginations of this old man can go, he is knowingly bringing the politics in the country into the situation of utmost uncertainty, so that everyone around him would stick to him and him alone.

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