The National Committee for the Release of Political Hostages and Prisoners of Tajikistan expresses fears that, by the decision of the court over Naimjon Samiyev, he will be sent to prison on charges that the defendant and his relatives categorically reject.
In this regard, the NCPHPT finds it necessary to state the following:
1) After the abduction of Naimjon Samiyev in the Russian Federation, the Tajik authorities announced that he had returned voluntarily and was subject to amnesty. However, after 4 months of arrest following a court hearing scheduled for today, April 5, 2019, he is more likely to be convicted and imprisoned. This is despite the fact that Samiyev left the IRPT before it was banned by the authorities. After leaving the party he went to Russia, where he devoted himself to his own private business.
2) Given the fact that Naimjon Samiyev is not guilty and he did not commit any crime, NCPHPT considers his trial politically motivated and demands from the Tajik authorities his immediate and unconditional release.
3) Otherwise, taking into account human rights organizations’ statements about Naimjon Samiyev being innocent and the illegality of his forced transfer to Tajikistan, the NCPHPT will make every effort to release him and make his case go public through international human rights organizations that would be another proof that the authorities of Tajikistan are an authoritarian regime, a shameless enemy of universal rights, freedoms and universal human values.
The National Committee for the Release of Political Hostages and Prisoners of Tajikistan