Tajik top police officer becomes terrorist?

18/05/2015 11:51
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DUSHANBE, May 18, 2015, Asia-Plus -- Colonel Gulmurod Halimov, Commander of OMON (Special Purpose Police Unit) of the Interior Ministry, disappeared in late April leaving observers to speculate about where he might be.

We will recall that some sources in law enforcement agencies and Halimov’s friends told Asia-Plus in interviews that Halimov had shown growing interest in the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) activities in recent months.

“He turned into an ISIL fanatic and began to promote the terrorist organization's ideas among his friends and acquaintances,” one of Halimov’s friends, who wanted to remain unnamed, told Asia-Plus.

According to him, Halimov angrily rejected their advice that joining IS would be a pointless act.

Unofficial sources say Gulmurod Halimov left Dushanbe on May 1 along with 10 other men, mostly unemployed men.

On May 2, Halimov and those men were reportedly seen at Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport.

Deputy Interior Minister Ikrom Umarzoda said he didn't have any information on the colonel.   Umarzoda neither denied nor confirmed the information that Tajik police special unit commander had joined ISIL militants in Syria.  “I know nothing about it,” the deputy interior minister told Asia-Plus in an interview on May 12.

Tajik news agency Ozodagon reports that official sources at the Interior Ministry have denied information about disappearance of Colonel Halimov as “baseless.”  They have reportedly said that Halimov is currently on vacation in Turkey.

TojNews reports that Halimov’s weapon and employment certificate were found in his office and his car was found in Dushanbe ten days ago.

Gulmurod Halimov, who appointed commander of Tajik special police unit three years ago, is married with eight children.

Version 1: Gulmurod Halimov could join ISIL militants.  Speaking in Kulob at a seminar on cooperation between the law enforcement authorities and youth on combating extremism, Tajik Interior Minister Ramazon Rahimzoda noted on May 11 that 386 Tajik nationals are fighting alongside ISIL militants in Syria and Iraq.

The head of the State Committee for National Security (SCNS), Saymumon Yatimov, stated that there were even sons of some officials among Tajiks fighting alongside ISIL militants in Syria and Iraq.

The Interior Ministry of Tajikistan stated on May 9 that Tajik nationals who will return from Syria voluntarily and express remorse will be exempt from punishment.

According to data from the Interior Ministry, mostly residents of the following cities and districts have joined extremist organization: Isfara, Istaravshan, Panjakent, Spitamen, Bobojonghafourov, and Asht in Sughd province; Kulob, Qubodiyon, Bokhtar, and Shahritous in Khatlon province; and Vahdat, Hisor, Shahrinav, and Dushanbe in RRP (districts subordinate to the center).

Local experts say socioeconomic problems have exacerbated the issue of radicalization in the country.  According to them, Tajik labor migrants who travel to Russia seeking better employment opportunities are offered only low-paid, menial jobs.  As a result of the hardships faced by the labor migrants in Russia, some are attracted to radicalism.

Version 2: revenge.  Halimov's family dismissed suggestions that the colonel could leave for Syria to join ISIL militants there as “baseless.”

Halimov's brother Nazir, 28, told Radio Liberty’s Tajik Service on May 12 that the family was “extremely worried,” since the OMON commander hasn't contacted anyone since leaving home.

“He hasn't been in touch with anyone by either telephone or Internet,” Nazir said, noting that all Halimov’s accounts are offline now, and his mobile phone is off, too.

Nazir said Halimov left home on April 23 after giving his wife around $200 in spending money, less than the amount he frequently gave her before departing on business trips.

Halimov has been planning family business projects, including a chicken farm, Nazir said, adding that Halimov had also purchased building materials to complete the construction of a half-built fitness center, another family business project, Nazir added.

According to him, the relatives do not believe that Halimov could leave for Syria.

The colonel who had carried out special operations certainly had enemies, who might have revenged something on him.   

Tajik top police officer becomes terrorist?

DUSHANBE, May 18, 2015, Asia-Plus -- Colonel Gulmurod Halimov, Commander of OMON (Special Purpose Police Unit) of the Interior Ministry, disappeared in late April leaving observers to speculate about where he might be.

We will recall that some sources in law enforcement agencies and Halimov’s friends told Asia-Plus in interviews that Halimov had shown growing interest in the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) activities in recent months.

“He turned into an ISIL fanatic and began to promote the terrorist organization's ideas among his friends and acquaintances,” one of Halimov’s friends, who wanted to remain unnamed, told Asia-Plus.

According to him, Halimov angrily rejected their advice that joining IS would be a pointless act.

Unofficial sources say Gulmurod Halimov left Dushanbe on May 1 along with 10 other men, mostly unemployed men.

On May 2, Halimov and those men were reportedly seen at Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport.

Deputy Interior Minister Ikrom Umarzoda said he didn't have any information on the colonel.   Umarzoda neither denied nor confirmed the information that Tajik police special unit commander had joined ISIL militants in Syria.  “I know nothing about it,” the deputy interior minister told Asia-Plus in an interview on May 12.

Tajik news agency Ozodagon reports that official sources at the Interior Ministry have denied information about disappearance of Colonel Halimov as “baseless.”  They have reportedly said that Halimov is currently on vacation in Turkey.

TojNews reports that Halimov’s weapon and employment certificate were found in his office and his car was found in Dushanbe ten days ago.

Gulmurod Halimov, who appointed commander of Tajik special police unit three years ago, is married with eight children.

Version 1: Gulmurod Halimov could join ISIL militants.  Speaking in Kulob at a seminar on cooperation between the law enforcement authorities and youth on combating extremism, Tajik Interior Minister Ramazon Rahimzoda noted on May 11 that 386 Tajik nationals are fighting alongside ISIL militants in Syria and Iraq.

The head of the State Committee for National Security (SCNS), Saymumon Yatimov, stated that there were even sons of some officials among Tajiks fighting alongside ISIL militants in Syria and Iraq.

The Interior Ministry of Tajikistan stated on May 9 that Tajik nationals who will return from Syria voluntarily and express remorse will be exempt from punishment.

According to data from the Interior Ministry, mostly residents of the following cities and districts have joined extremist organization: Isfara, Istaravshan, Panjakent, Spitamen, Bobojonghafourov, and Asht in Sughd province; Kulob, Qubodiyon, Bokhtar, and Shahritous in Khatlon province; and Vahdat, Hisor, Shahrinav, and Dushanbe in RRP (districts subordinate to the center).

Local experts say socioeconomic problems have exacerbated the issue of radicalization in the country.  According to them, Tajik labor migrants who travel to Russia seeking better employment opportunities are offered only low-paid, menial jobs.  As a result of the hardships faced by the labor migrants in Russia, some are attracted to radicalism.

Version 2: revenge.  Halimov's family dismissed suggestions that the colonel could leave for Syria to join ISIL militants there as “baseless.”

Halimov's brother Nazir, 28, told Radio Liberty’s Tajik Service on May 12 that the family was “extremely worried,” since the OMON commander hasn't contacted anyone since leaving home.

“He hasn't been in touch with anyone by either telephone or Internet,” Nazir said, noting that all Halimov’s accounts are offline now, and his mobile phone is off, too.

Nazir said Halimov left home on April 23 after giving his wife around $200 in spending money, less than the amount he frequently gave her before departing on business trips.

Halimov has been planning family business projects, including a chicken farm, Nazir said, adding that Halimov had also purchased building materials to complete the construction of a half-built fitness center, another family business project, Nazir added.

According to him, the relatives do not believe that Halimov could leave for Syria.

The colonel who had carried out special operations certainly had enemies, who might have revenged something on him.   

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