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Turmoil around Interpol ‘red notice’ for ex-commander of Tajik police turned ISIS militant

18.07.2017 00:38 msk

Ferghana


The information about the fugitive ex-commander of the OMON (special police squad) of Tajikistan Gulmurod Khalimov, who joined the militants of the so-called Islamic State (as Islamic State, ISIL or Daesh is banned in Russia as a terrorist organisation), was removed from the list of fugitives on the official website of the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Tajikistan. The data about the former colonel could be found previously via the link.


Now the web page with the data about Khalimov is blank

The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Tajikistan is surprised by the absence of the data on Khalimov on the Interpol website. The press service of the ministry notes that the Tajik party sent no request for the removal of the runaway colonel from the list of fugitive persons.

“We sent a letter to the Interpol headquarters in order to find out why the name of Gulmurod Khalimov, who joined ISIL, was removed from the list of persons on the international wanted list on the Interpol website,” the press service told Asia Plus new agency.

The ministry said that until Khalimov “is detained or an official confirmation of his death is received, the name and photo of Khalimov should be posted on the official website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Tajikistan and Interpol.”

However, Interpol has shown another link containing the information about the wanted ex-police officer, although without the photo of Khalimov. The notice was published under the list of the United Nations Security Council Special Notice which means that the individual is subject to sanctions imposed by the UN body. Therefore, Khalimov could not be found under the red notice issued by the request of a particular country, member of the international police.

40 years old Gulmurod Khalimov, a former Tajikistan special operation forces commander joined IS in April 2015. Criminal proceedings started to prosecute a fugitive commander in Tajikistan according to “high treason,” “involvement in criminal gang”, “illegal involvement in armed conflicts or military operations on the territory of other states” clauses. Tajikistan authorities issued an international search request for him.

The US listed Gulmurod Khalimov along with 35 other individuals and organisations linked to the Islamic State as international terrorists and sanctioned them. And in 2016 the US government put a $3 million bounty on his head. Gulmurod Khalimov, known as al-Tajiki, was killed as a result of an air strike in the west of Mosul in April 2017, The Times informed.

Earlier, four close relatives of target=_blank>Gulmurod Khalimov were shot and killed in Tajikistan on the night of 4 July. Two brothers and two nephews of Khalimov were killed by the Tajik police in the village of Ibrati Vosei district of the republic and buried on 10 July in the village of Darai Foni. Three more people were detained. The authorities claim that they all tried to leave the territory of Tajikistan and pass to Afghanistan.

Fergana News Agency