Case of lawyer Yorov expected to be considered all over again

22/07/2016 16:35
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DUSHANBE, July 22, 2016, Asia-Plus – The case of lawyer Buzurgmehr Yorov will be considered all over again.

His brother Jamshed Yorov says the case will be considered anew in connection with illness of one of associate judges.

“The trial that began on May 5 lasted until July 15 and was nearing completion when all the previous sessions were overruled in connection with substitution of one of associate judges,” Jamshed Yorov said.

We will recall that Yorov’s case moved to a court on April 5 and his case has been classified as “secret.”

Buzurgmehr Yorov, who is the head of the law firm Sipar, was arrested on September 29, 2015 and the authorities charged him with fraud and document forgery under articles 247 and 340 of Tajikistan’s Penal Code.

The Interior Ministry spokesperson said the alleged fraud occurred in July 2010, when Yorov had purportedly received US$4,000 from a resident of the city of Istaravshan.

Besides, Buzurgmehr Yorov is also charged with inciting regional and religious enmity (Article 189), public calls for the forcible overthrow of or change to the constitutional order in Tajikistan (Article 307), and public calls for carrying out extremist activity (Article 2071).

Meanwhile, international human rights groups say Yorov was arrested in retaliation for representing 13 members of the opposition Islamic Revival Party of Tajikistan (IRPT).  The government banned the party in August last year and declared it a terrorist organization on September 29, 2015.

In a statement released on October 7, 2015, six international human rights groups urged the Tajik authorities to release or present credible and internationally recognizable charges against Buzurgmehr Yorov.

Yorov is at least the fourth Tajik lawyer authorities have arrested, imprisoned on politically motivated charges, or subjected to serious harassment in less than two years, the statement said.

The human rights groups urging Tajikistan to act are Amnesty International, the Paris Bar, Association for Human Rights in Central Asia, Human Rights Watch, the International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR), and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee.

At the time of his arrest, Yorov had just begun to represent 13 members of the IRPT, whom authorities arrested on various charges on September 16.  In an interview with a journalist published the day he was arrested, Yorov said that one client, Umarali Hisaynov, a deputy party leader, told him that officers from the Police Unit for Combating Organized Crime had beaten him following his arrest.

Another lawyer on trial with Yorov is Nouriddin Mahkamov, also from the Sipar law firm and also facing charges of fraud.


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