In its statement published earlier today on the death of Fayziniso Vohidova, the Civil Committee for the Rescue of Political Hostages and Prisoners of Tajikistan (CCRHPT) demanded from the Tajik authorities to conduct a full investigation into the sudden death of Vohidova.
The statement, which was published on the committee’s website, says: The Civil Committee for the Rescue of Political Hostages and Prisoners of Tajikistan (CCRHPT) expresses its condolences to those close to Fayziniso Vohidova and to the entire Tajiks. In connection with the sudden death of Fayziniso, CCRHPT demands from the authorities to conduct a full investigation into the sudden death of Fayziniso.According to her relatives, Fayziniso’s disease was not so serious as to lead to death.”
It is worth reminding that yesterday morning (at 2 o’clock) Fayziniso Vohidova passed away in a hospital in Khujand. One of her close relatives, Tahmina Rahimova, told in an interview with the RFE/RL about Vohidova’s disease – pneumonia: “She went to the hospital herself, but her situation got much worse there. She was moved to the intensive care unit. She stayed there for 10 days and last night she passed away.”
Kimiyoi Saodat website conducted a discussion with the head of the CCRHPT Abdusator Boboev and the discussion was as follows:
— The Civil Committee for the Rescue of Political Hostages and Prisoners of Tajikistan (CCRHPT) in its statement published earlier today on the death of Fayziniso Vohidova, demanded from the Tajik authorities to conduct a full investigation into the sudden death of Vohidova. Could you please tell us what the reason is behind this request?
Abdusator Boboev: Firstly, I’d like to express my sincere condolences to everyone on the passing away of Fayziniso and I ask God the Almighty to grant her Paradise. May those close to her have patience. Furthermore, regarding your question, I’d like to say that we were in touch with Fayziniso very often and she had never complained about her health. We know that she was always subject to threats and harassment by the Tajik authorities. Once she even said that she had been threatened to be killed. However, she smiled and added that she was used to this kind of threats.
As Ilhomjon Yokubov said, Fayziniso had never complained about her health and last year she had a full workup in Europe and results showed that no serious illness threatened her.
Two days before she passed away, we lost contact with her. Later Ilhomjon Yokubov contacted me and informed me about unstable health condition of Fayziniso and that she was in a coma.
It is worth to pay attention to the fact that it is not the first sudden death in Tajikistan. I could bring tens of examples of politicians who passed away suddenly. When Sayid Abdullohi Nuri got sick and went to Germany for treatment, doctors said that he had been poisoned. When Nuri went to Iran for treatment in 2004, I went to visit him and had a discussion with his doctor. The doctor told me that Nuri had been poisoned.
Even commanders of the Popular Front concerning Kurbon Cholov and Suhrob Kosimov had the same complaint and believed that the existing regime brought them down by poisoning. There are numerous similar examples.
Therefore, it is not possible that Fayziniso’s death was natural. Having said that, our committee has demanded from the Tajik authorities to conduct investigation into her sudden death with the participation of foreign experts.
— Once you said that Fayziniso was a member of your committee. Could you tell us more about it?
Abdusator Boboev: When our committee started its work, I contacted Fayziniso and she was happy about the committee. Then I offered her to become a member and added that our committee needs people like her. I didn’t believe that she would accept my offer since she was in Tajikistan. But she accepted my offer without any doubt and said: “I have been a lawyer and have always been ready to help others. That is why it is my responsibility to accept your offer without fearing anyone.” This way she became a member of our committee. Of course, we don’t reveal most of our members’ names, especially those who are in Tajikistan. Fayziniso was one of those whose name was not revealed. Even some of the members of the committee didn’t know about Fayziniso’s membership. Advices and guidance of Fayziniso have helped us a lot.
— Thank you!
Abdusator Boboev: You are welcome.