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Trial over Uzbek dictator’s elder daughter to start soon

30.10.2017 11:20 msk

Ferghana


Gulnara Karimova will stand a new trial in Uzbekistan, Ozodlik Radio reports, referring to the Prosecutor’s Office of Switzerland, which has a response from the Uzbek government.

Swiss prosecutors, investigating Karimova (money laundering case), planned to visit Uzbekistan next week. They intended to meet with her and other persons, involved in the case.

However, the Uzbek party responded to the Swiss request that Gulnara Karimova will stand the trial shortly, and will not be able to meet the overseas prosecutors. The letter contains no other details about what court will hear the case of Gulnara and the site of her custody at present.

Gulnara Karimova is under house arrest since 2013. Her status and whereabouts have been unknown for a long time. In July 2017, the Prosecutor General’s Office of Uzbekistan disseminated the information that the daughter of the late president had been sentenced to five years of restraint of liberty, charged with embezzlement and extortion.


During the first months, under house arrest, Gulnara Karimova felt good and even posted her photos on Twitter. In the spring of 2014, her social networks became silent

At the same time, the authorities announced that they were investigating another case against the "Uzbek princess" - on charges of fraud, illegal collection of fees from cellular operators, violation of customs legislation, money laundering and other crimes. The prosecutor's office claimed that the damage, Gulnara Karimova and her milieu made to the state and individuals, exceeded three trillion Uzbek soms, and the volume of legalised assets abroad is $ 1 billion.

Gulnara Karimova's communication with the outside world was interrupted. According to Ozodlik Radio sources in Switzerland, during the past year her lawyer, Grégoire Mangeat, has not been able to meet her or talk on the phone. "To be honest, no one knows whether she is alive or not," said the Swiss official, who is involved in the investigation. Earlier, rumours about the death of Karimov's daughter were spread, although they were not confirmed.

According to the Ozodlik Radio, Swiss investigators, who visited Uzbekistan a year ago, managed to interrogate several persons, involved in the money laundering case, including Gulnara Karimova. She insisted that she was innocent, while other suspects pleaded guilty.

Several countries are investigating against Gulnara. The allegations include the extortion of money from cellular operators operating in Uzbekistan and money laundering. Assets associated with Gulnara Karimova has been frozen.

Fergana News Agency